Duhok Uni­fies All Col­ors in a Car­ni­val

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In the 44th an­niver­sary of be­ing a gover­norate, Duhok cel­e­brates the event for the first time in its his­tory by con­duct­ing a cul­tural car­ni­val lasted for two days. The car­ni­val was cel­e­brated in at­ten­dance of col­ors and voices from cities of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the four parts of Kur­dis­tan in ad­di­tion to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 14 for­eign coun­tries and hun­dreds of Duhok peo­ple. The car­ni­val is the first of its type in Duhok since it be­came a gover­norate in 1969. The car­ni­val raised the slo­gan of "all col­ors unify in the car­ni­val" in­di­cat­ing to all mi­nori­ties and be­liefs live in Duhok.

The car­ni­val started with adorned trucks ral­ly­ing on the streets, each rep­re­sent­ing a dis­trict and a direc­torate in the prov­ince. All mi­nori­ties and eth­nic­i­ties such Ezi­dies, Chris­tians par­tic­i­pated in their forms, pre­sent­ing their cul­ture and folk­lore. The rally con­tin­ued in the streets till reach­ing Zeri Park in the mid­dle of Duhok city, where they wel­comed by Duhok Coun­cil Chair­man and The KRG Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Youth.

In a speech he de­liv­ered at the car­ni­val, the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Youth, Kawa Mah­mood said that 44 years passed af­ter be­com­ing a gover­norate, but the his­tory of Duhok backs to more than 4000 years ago, and it's one of the most an­cient civ­i­liza­tions. "When we talk about Duhok, we say the Col­or­ful Duhok all the time, be­cause it’s col­or­ful with its na­ture, var­i­ous com­po­nents, re­li­gions and mi­nori­ties" said Kawa Mah­mood in his speech to guests and par­tic­i­pants of the car­ni­val. He men­tioned that the car­ni­val should be cel­e­brated in a wider form in the com­ing years, so that the new gen­er­a­tion learns how our fa­thers and grand­fa­thers gained th­ese achieve­ments.

As the Chair­man of Coun­cil of Duhok Gover­norate, Fazil Omer showed his and the Coun­cil's sup­port for cel­e­brat­ing this event in the fu­ture and said that it's a great honor to peo­ple of Duhok that they city is fa­mous of co­ex­is­tence of dif­fer­ent col­ors. He urged peo­ple to keep this cul­ture among them. "Peo­ple with their dif­fer­ent col­ors, have been able to keep the city se­cure and sta­ble, while some neigh­bor­ing coun­tries live in wars mis­ery" said Fazil Omer.

Later on, Head of Gen­eral Direc­torate of Cul­ture and Youth in Duhok, Ayob Ra­madan, ex­plained their aim in or­ga­niz­ing such a car­ni­val in Duhok say­ing that the car­ni­val was held to raise the name of Duhok so­cially, cul­tur­ally and eco­nom­i­cally and bring them into view to all the world. "Com­bin­ing singers and artists from all parts of Kur­dis­tan was one our main aim, we hope that in fu­ture we can present our peo­ple a small ser­vice by th­ese car­ni­vals and make it in­ter­na­tional" went on Ayob Ra­madan, sug­gest­ing that in the com­ing years they may only spec­ify a lo­ca­tion and peo­ple in their var­i­ous col- ors at­tend it and cel­e­brate the car­ni­val by them­selves. Mo­ham­mad Wa­hab is one of the par­tic­i­pants of the car­ni­val from Kirkuk; he came to Duhok along with other 20 mem­bers of Brother­hood and Youths of Kirkuk Del­e­ga­tion which con­sisted of var­i­ous com­po­nents of the city, he says they're in­vited by the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Youth and ex­pressed his de­light for par­tic­i­pat­ing is such a car­ni­val. "I hope the car­ni­val is cel­e­brated one day in Kirkuk as well, and the se­cu­rity and sta­bil- ity of this city comes to ex­is­tence in Kirkuk as well" said Wa­hab.

Duhok is one of three main prov­inces of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq; it con­sists of seven dis­tricts of Duhok, Amedi, Akre, Bar­darash, Semel, Shekhan and Zakho. It be­came a gover­norate on April 27th 1969. Duhok is known as the city of co­ex­is­tence as Mus­lims, Chris­tians, Ezi­dies, Er­mens and other mi­nori­ties live to­gether in the prov­ince.

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