Saturday, March 19, 2011

Erbil celebrates freedom festival

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A folkloric music and dance carnival kicked off shortly ago in Erbil.

The people in the Kurdistan Region capital are celebrating the 20th anniversary of liberating their city.

Six days after the eruption of uprising in Iraqi Kurdistan March 1991, people of Erbil also joined the revolution and forced Saddam Hussein's agents out of their city. The chain of uprisings in the area, led to the establishment of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, in northern Iraq.

The celebration inaugurated with a speech by Erbil deputy governor, Tahir Abdullah, where he congratulated the people of the city on the occasion.

Later, a chorus recited some revolutionary songs. A procession followed the songs, where the students form a local school displayed Kurdistan Region flag.

In another section of the carnival, folkloric dance and music groups performed Kurdish, Syriac, Assyrian and Chaldean music and dance for the spectators.

Similar folkloric groups from France, Croatia, Lebanon, Greece, and Diyarbakir province from Turkey have been invited to perform in the celebration.

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