Each part of the world has its own distinct characteristics. We’ve asked Kurds living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) to explain how they describe themselves.
WE ARE TOLERANT
Being Kurdish means being open minded, which is an important part of Kurdish identity. They respect the rights of all different religious and ethnic groups living in Kurdistan.
WE ARE RESPECTFUL
Family ties play a vital role in Kurdish culture, and the most important feature of these is respect for the elderly. Even if your sibling is one year older than you, you need to respectfully listen to him or her.
WE LOVE NATURE
Kurds are deeply attached to the beautiful nature of their land, and never miss an opportunity to picnic in their soaring mountains.
WE LOVE POLITICS
Kurds have tendency to talk about politics a lot. From young to old, get ready to discuss regional or international political issues.
WE LOVE MUSIC & DANCE
Kurds are passionate about their traditional music and dancing, and any event is an excuse for a celebration.
WE ARE GENEROUS
Kurdish generosity comes in abundance. Refusal is deemed rude when you are offered food, or another cup of tea or coffee.
WE ARE PATRIOTIC
In Iraqi Kurdistan, national symbols are everywhere, and t-shirts, cars, and phones are often emblazoned with the Kurdish flag or national colors.
WE ARE FRIENDLY
Kurds enjoy heartfelt discussions, even with people they don’t know very well, and exhibit an openness and welcoming attitude towards outsiders.
WE ARE PERSEVERANT
Decades of conflict have made Iraqi Kurds extraordinarily adaptable to the tough circumstances that have shaped their identity. They are well known for their patience even under the most difficult circumstances.