Kurdish Outfit Day in Shingal
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.