R 135
2017 -- H 5957
Enacted 03/21/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Regunberg, Kazarian, Ajello, Ackerman, and Casey
Date Introduced: March 21, 2017

     WHEREAS, Kurds are an ethnic nation of about 25 to 30 million people who live in the
generally contiguous areas of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria; and
     WHEREAS, Newroz refers to the Kurdish celebration of the New Year, and represents a
living hope for freedom, equality and justice for all Kurds. It originated in ancient Persia and
dates back more than 3,000 years. The celebration coincides with the Northward equinox which
falls mainly on March 21st with festivals usually held between March 18th and the 24th; and
     WHEREAS, Newroz is considered the most important festival in Kurdish culture and is a
time when people dress in colored clothing and gather together to welcome the coming of spring.
Entertainment for the celebration includes games, dancing, family gathering, preparation of
special foods and the reading of poetry; and
     WHEREAS, The most common legend associated with the celebration of Newroz is
about Zuhak, an evil king who, for a thousand years, sacrificed young men to his serpents in order
to rid himself of pain, and ultimately resulted in the cessation of spring to Kurdistan. Kaveh, a
blacksmith who had lost six sons to this atrocity, led the revolt that finally killed Zahak and
brought spring back to the Kurdish people; and
     WHEREAS, The celebration of the arrival of spring is enjoyed by nearly 300,000,000
people around the world, including in the United States, and other countries in Central Asia,
South Asia, Caucasus, Crimea, and the Balkan regions; and
     WHEREAS, The rich cultural heritage of the Kurdish people has enhanced the diversity
of our state and our country as well as our understanding of that part of the world; and
     WHEREAS, Human rights and religious tolerance are the cornerstones of Rhode Island's
founding and are extended to the Kurdish people, and people everywhere who strive for and
support democratic aspirations; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commemorates Newroz and wishes Kurdish-Americans a
prosperous New Year; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the New England Kurdish Association