Barzani: Kurdistan Flag should be protected and respected
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.