Text and Photos: Stefano Romano
On April 21, the 171 Newroz was celebrated, the Kurdish New Year, in the community center ARARAT managed by Kurdish community, mostly refugees and displaced persons fled from the land still in pain.
Nowruz is the name of the Persian New Year and coincides on the first day of spring (March 21). It has been celebrated for more than 3000 years in many countries, not only in the present Iran (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Albania, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan). In 2010 the General Assembly of the United Nations has recognized the International Day of Nowryz. The Canadian Parliament has added Nowruz to the national calendar in 2009.
Melancholic folk songs and the singer
Hundreds of people dance in circle
Nowruz: What does it mean? The word “Nowruz” is a Persian word composed of two words: “now” which means “new” and “ruz” which means “day.” Nowruz means then that there arose a “new day”, which determines the beginning of the new year.
Traditional singer and traditional dances
Newroz is celebrated with the ritual of fire, millenary ritual that dates back to pre-Islamic Zoroastrian tradition: it symbolizes the end of winter but also the end of darkness ripped open by the light of the Fire and hope. The hope of a people struggling for their territorial and linguistic independence.
People fleeing because under persecution, in fact, the Newroz is repressed and opposed by the turkish government and also by the Islamic component that considers a khafir rite, although this Newroz took to the streets more than a million Kurds to celebrate in the capital.
The ignition of the fire
Flames reach the sky
In Rome was celebrated with many Italians came to listen the insistent rhythms and poignant songs, also assisting in traditional dances, and then – before midnight – to light the big fire and dance around in a circle, hand for hand, under the flags praising Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the revolution from many years in Turkey.
Dance in the circle around the big fire
The dancing went on until late at night.”