NEWROZ, LE NOUVEL AN KURDE

NEWROZ, LE NOUVEL AN KURDE

NEWROZ, LE NOUVEL AN KURDE

NEWROZ, LE NOUVEL AN KURDE

Pour le peuple kurde, l’arrivée du prin­temps est aus­si syno­nyme de nou­velle année. Cette fête sécu­laire, issue de tra­di­tions trans­mises de géné­ra­tion en géné­ra­tion, est un moment à part, où le temps semble se figer. « Newroz » est célé­bré par tous les Kurdes, ceux de la dia­spo­ra, comme ceux répar­tis sur les quatre pays qui aujourd’hui couvrent le ter­ri­toire his­to­rique de cette nation sans État.

Turkey, March 21st of 2017

 

Newroz (also spelled Nowruz) marks the arrival of spring and new year, and is celebrated in countries that use the Persian calendar, such as Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The calendar takes as its start date the time when the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD. The current Persian year is 1396. It is celebrated on or around the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere (21 March).

Newroz is an important symbol of identity for Kurds in Turkey and Syria. Kurds couldn't openly celebrate their new year in Turkey until it was legalised and co-opted as Turkish spring holiday in 2000. Celebrations today take on a political edge, with many participants wearing PKK symbols at large gatherings in cities like Diyarbakır, the biggest city in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey.

Une femme kurde, à Diyarbakir, le 21 mars 2017

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