Barzani: Kur­dis­tan Flag should be pro­tected and re­spected

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - H.G. Has­san

Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Ma­soud Barzani, de­liv­ered a mes­sage on his Face­book page on De­cem­ber 17, on the Oc­ca­sion of Kur­dish Flag Day. This is the con­tent of the mes­sage.

On the day of Kur­dis­tan Flag, thou­sands of salutes to the soul of mar­tyrs of Kur­dis- tan Re­gion; our flag is a part­ner­ship value and in­di­cates the unity of Kurds. We need to work by the mes­sages of our sa­cred flag which in­cludes peace­ful­ness, strug­gle, hope and re­con­struc­tion. It is the task of ev­ery­body of us to pro­tect and re­spect our flag. I con­grat­u­late ev­ery­body on the oc­ca­sion of the Kur­dis­tan Flag Day.

The Na­tional Flag of Kur­dis­tan has been a sym­bolic bea­con of hope, in­spi­ra­tion, and pride for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan for cen­turies. It's been a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the men­tal and phys­i­cal strug­gle the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan went through since the early 1900's and has al­ways been- and prob­a­bly al­ways be- an end­less source of pride for the oc­cu­pants of Kur­dis­tan.

Last week was the na­tional flag day and pa­rades of Kurds could be spot­ted march­ing around while wav­ing the Kur­dish flag around or wear­ing it across their shoul­ders or even tap­ing it to the win­dows of their cars. Last week, the na­tional flag day wasn't just there for showno, it was a sig­nif­i­cant day for all Kurds.

It was a day where all suf­fer­ing and hard­ship was re­mem­bered and it was a day where the Kurds pre­vailed over so many en­e­mies that fought long and hard against the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

The red area on the flag rep­re­sent­ing the blood shed by the mar­tyrs of Kur­dis­tan and the con­tin­ued strug­gle for peace and free­dom that still wages on to this very day. The green area sym­bol­izes the beauty, lure, and virtue of the land. White rep­re­sents free­dom and equal­ity among all Kurds. Fi­nally, yel­low sym­bol­izes the source of life of the Kur­dish peo­ple. The sun in the mid­dle has 21 rays of equal length and struc­ture- the num­ber hold­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­por­tance in the Ezidi re­li­gious tra­di­tions.

So yes, Na­tional Flag Day in Kur­dis­tan isn't just a nor­mal hol­i­day- it's a day of re­mem­brance and peace and joy over all that was lost and won. It's a re­minder of all past mis­takes.

The Kur­dish flag will al­ways spike a cer­tain dili­gence and brav­ery in the hearts of Kur­dish peo­ple and it will al­ways re­main our sym­bol and phys­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our stub­born fight­ing spirit.

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