• Sillaw is a common greeting in Kurdistan. We present to you some interesting information about Kurdistan.

    In case you are from Kurdistan and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Kurdish is the official language of Kurdistan, which is a part of Northern Iraq. The name Kurdistan means ‘Land of the Kurds’. Geographically, Kurdistan roughly encompasses the northwestern Zagros and the eastern Taurus mountain ranges. It ranks as the third-largest Iranian language and is spoken by some 20–40 million people.

    Here are some of the interesting facts about the Kurdish people:

    1. Did you know that Kurdistan today is almost equal to the size of Germany and the UK combined?

    2. The Kurds have somehow survived in their mountainous region and preserved their culture and language.

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    (Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/havalpkk/kurdistan-mountains/)

    1. The traditional Kurdish way of life was nomadic, revolving around sheep and goat herding throughout the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands of Turkey and Iran.

    2. We have our own calendar. Besides the 1st of January, we have another new years celebration. It is actually on the 21st of March, the first day of spring: The Kurdish calendar was originally a lunisolar calendar. They celebrate New years with the festival of Newroz.

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    (Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newroz_as_celebrated_by_Kurds#/media/File:Views_of_the_fire_walk_for_the_Newroz_festival_in_Akre_in_2018_01.jpg)

    1. They love dancing, food, and our Kurdish clothes! There are numerous dances depending on which part of Kurdistan someone is from. Some of them are Dilan, Sepe, etc.

    2. Kurdish art and its references can be found in different places that might not be too obvious. One of the best Kurdish music bands is called Kamkaran ("The Kamkars"). They performed during the Nobel Peace Prize a few years back.

    3. Kurds are mostly very friendly and welcoming. Because Kurds have been through so much, they appreciate a good laugh and getting to know more people besides Kurds!

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    (Image source: http://dilandance.blogspot.com/)

    Hope you all like this little piece of information about Kurdistan. If you want to share more, please comment below!

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  • @sakamvari Rocky mountain goats called Kell is the national animal of Kurdistan. The kell is a symbol of power and strength in Kurdish literature.