December, 17th of each year is the Kurdistan Flag Day, designated by the Kurdistan Region parliament in 2009. In this context, the Dean of Students at Tishk International University held a ceremony for commemorating this day on December 18, 2022.
The Kurdish flag’s main characteristic is the blazing golden sun emblem (Roj in Kurdish) at its center. The emblem’s sun disk has 21 rays, equal in size and shape, with a single odd beam at the top and two even rays at the bottom. Number 21 is venerated, standing for rebirth/renaissance in the ancient Kurdish religion. Red symbolizes the blood of the martyrs and the continued struggle for freedom and dignity. Green expresses the beauty and landscapes of Kurdistan, life, and vitality. Yellow is representing the source of energy and light for the people. The sun is an ancient symbol, and twenty-one sunbeams represent March 21, Newroz, and white represents peace and equality.
The ceremony starts with the Kurdish national anthem “Ay Raqib”. Then Dr. Idris Hadi, Head of the Board of Trustees, presented a speech to the students and staff. After that, a group of our talented students with music club instructors Rebwar Abdulla, Goran Jalal, Mohammed Kamal, and Yusuf Namiq are invited for performing live music, followed by raising the Kurdistan flag in front of the main building.
On the same day, there was an art exhibition regarding the Kurdistan flag in which portraits have been drawn by our students and supervised by Mrs.Khumar, Art Club Instructor. Finally, the students enjoyed the day with Kurdish dance and music.