Music & Dance
Peace For Kurdistan
This circular folk dance is one of Kurdish
traditional dance. Men also can perform the same dance. In wedding parties,
women, mostly unmarried girls, dress attractively in variety of colors as a way
of showoff to attract males for future marriage arrangement. Most of the times
when a ready-to-get married male attracted by a girl, the mother and a female
relative of the male establish a contact with the girl's mother to discuss
arrangements and agreements about potential marriage.
Another similar dance is a combination between
females and males circular dance. Alternatively males and females hold each
other's hands and dance in a semi-fast mode with more smiles and shoulder
movements. Most participants are married couples though. When female or male
singles join, they might get a chance to strike some conversations.
if a female attracted by a male and she happened to be
dancing, a relative of the male might hold the female's hand and dance next to
her in hope of opening a conversation and to know more about her and might tell
her about the male who is attracted.
In more private
dances, children also want do imitate adults by dancing with them either by
holding their hands at the end of the dance line or in front of adult
performers. During the four years of autonomy from
1970-1974, Kurds in Iraq had a chance to practice some freedom, such as
celebrating New Roz freely.
By: Mehrdad Izady: Kurdish