March 20, 2012

Newroz Message from KRG's Representative to the U.S. Qubad Talabani

On the occasion of Newroz, the Kurdish New Year (2712) and the beginning of the spring season, I am pleased to congratulate Kurds all over the world, and all others who celebrate Newroz, specifically the Persian, Azeri, Afghan, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Uighur, Zoroastrian and Turkmen people.

For Kurds, Newroz not only symbolizes the New Year and the coming of spring, but it also serves as a reminder that we have always been a resilient nation; surviving repression, ethnic cleansing and the denial of identity.

According to Kurdish myth, Kawa the blacksmith lived with his people under the tyrannical rule of Zuhak. Zuhak's evil reign caused spring to no longer come to Kurdistan. March 20 is traditionally marked as the day that Kawa defeated Zuhak after which he is then said to have set fire to the hillsides to celebrate the victory leading to spring returning to Kurdistan the next day. For thousands of years since that legend, Newroz has been a symbol of resilience, highlighting the fact that nations cannot be annihilated by tyrannical regimes.

I would like to take this opportunity to hope peace and stability for all nations. I also hope that this Newroz will mark an opportunity for Kurds to remain united and continue striving for peace, democracy and a more just and tolerant world.

Happy Newroz, Newroztan Pîroz bêt.

نه ورۆزتان پیرۆز بێت
عيد نوروز سعيد

Qubad J. Talabani
Representative to the United States
Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq

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