Kur­dish Out­fit Day in Shin­gal

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

Kur­dish out­fit day has come, an event Shin­gal views as an op­por­tu­nity to re­vive its Kur­dish iden­tity and cul­ture, since it is an of­fi­cial day which Kur­dish cit­i­zens—and Iraqi Kurds, in par­tic­u­lar—cel­e­brate all over the world. Shin­gal, a Kur­dish city in a dis­puted area, cel­e­brates out­fit day in a very spe­cial way, with ev­ery man and woman wear­ing their Kur­dish out­fits in dif­fer­ent col­ors which make the city a joy to be­hold.

Govern­ment de­part­ments, schools and in­sti­tu­tions cel­e­brate out­fit day in a fra­ter­nal and na­tional spirit which pro­motes a sense of safety and peace among Shin­gal's cit­i­zen. School­boys and school­girls wear their Kur­dish out­fits and head for school to cel­e­brate the day among friends. Of course, their teach­ers also par­tic­i­pate in the day, and schools are awash with the color of Kur­dish flags which give the stu­dents a taste of be­ing Kurds and en­joy­ing the sense of na­tional feel­ings among their friends and teach­ers. Stu­dents and teach­ers in ev­ery school cel­e­brated the day with par­ties.

Shin­gal's tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tion also cel­e­brated the day. Spon­sored by Dr. Ma­jid, the Kur­dish nom­i­nee for the Iraqi par­lia­ment had ar­ranged a party in Azadi hall and con­grat- ulated the stu­dents on their Kur­dish out­fits. The fes­tiv­i­ties took place with stu­dents en­joy­ing them­selves in Azadi hall in the pres­ence of many teach­ers, high-rank­ing of­fi­cials and the head of the in­sti­tu­tion. The open­ing speech was made by Ahmed, the head of the in­sti­tu­tion, who talked about the dif­fi­cult times Kurds have gone through in the past and how they stood up for their rights. He added: “We are Kurds and we are strong. We have passed through many dif­fi­cul­ties and chal­lenges to achieve our rights, and our thanks go out to our leader, Barzani, who fought and freed us from the pre­vi­ous regime. Now we are cel­e­brat­ing Kur­dish out­fit day be­cause of what the Kurds have done. God will­ing, next year we will be an in­de­pen­dent state”.

The head of the in­sti­tu­tion was fol­lowed by po- ets who read out their po­ems about Kur­dish out­fit day and Shin­gali singers who sang their songs in the Shin­gali di­alect and showed their pride at be­ing Kurds. As the fes­ti­val came to an end, the stu­dents be­gan to dance to the strains of Kur­dish mu­sic, hav­ing very much en­joyed the event.

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