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11-03-09, 17:48
Every year on March 21st, the Kurdish people celebrate Newroz. In the Kurdish language,
Newroz means "new day", by which the Kurds mean the first day of spring. The Kurdish
calendar begins on this day. Newroz, therefore, is the new day, the first day of spring, the
first day of the new year.

Kurdish nation has been celebrating Newroz since the time of
ancient history. This tradition dates back to the myth of Kawa the
Blacksmith. On March 21st in the year 612 B.C., Kawa killed the Assyrian
tyrant Dehak and liberated the Kurds and many other peoples in the Middle
East. Dehak was an evil king who represented cruelty, abuse, and the
enslavement of peoples. People used to pray every day for God to help
them to get rid of Dehak. On Newroz day, Kawa led a popular uprising and
surrounded Dehak's palace. Kawa then rushed passed the king's guards and
grabbed Dehak by the neck. Kawa then struck the evil tyrant on the head
with a hammer and dragged him off his throne. With this heroic deed, Kawa
set the people free and proclaimed freedom throughout the land. A huge
fire was light on the mountain tops to send a message: firstly to thank
God for helping them defeat Dehak, and secondly to the people to tell
them they were free. This is where the tradition of the Newroz fire

The Kurdish association with Newroz has become increasingly pronounced since the 1950s when the Kurds in the Middle East and those in diaspora in Europe started adopting it as a tradition.
In combination with the persecution they suffered in Turkey, the revival of the Newroz celebration become more intense and politicized and became a symbol of their resurrection. By the end of the 1980s Newroz was mainly associated with Kurdish identity and the attempts to express and resurrect it.

Alim Qushaq