The beginning of spring, which marks the first day of the Solar Hijri calendar, is celebrated as a collective performance of hope in Kurdistan. In addition to being a symbol for the passing of the cold and dark winter, and the arrival of warm and bright spring, for historically disenfranchised and socioeconomically marginalized Kurdish people, Nowruz signifies a political moment to imagine change and practice togetherness through harmonies of rituals. The bonfire turns the valley into a theatrical landscape of catharsis for these willful subjects in an orchestrated and unrestrainable public space.
Text By: Navid Yousefian