Today is Kurdish Language Day
In 2006, 15 May was declared Kurdish Language Day, however the pressures on the Kurdish language and culture continue today.
Kurdish PEN members said that they are facing the danger of losing the reality of Kurdish due to assimilation, and said that 15 May, the day of the Kurdish Language, should be the day of return to the language.
Hawar magazine, which was first published on 15 May 1932 in Damascus and went on to print a total of 57 issues until 1943, is considered as a milestone in terms of Kurdish cultural writing. This cultural revolution initiative, led by Celadet Alî Bedirxan and his comrades 88 years ago, continues to inspire Kurdish language and culture studies today."
Kurdish PEN co-chair Sami Tan said that “Hawar Magazine was published to improve the Kurdish language and prevent assimilation policies. He added that Hawar Magazine was very important for Kurds. Hawar magazine represented a major change in many fields, especially language, culture, identity and literature, and marked the last century in terms of Kurdish language and culture studies.”
In 2006, 15 May was declared Kurdish Language Day, however the pressures on the Kurdish language and culture continue today. The policy of trustees is also meant to help the pressure on Kurdish and in fact Kurdish and multilingual works within the municipalities are prevented, TV channels broadcasting in Kurdish, newspapers, magazines, agencies, nurseries providing education in Kurdish, institutes and associations are closed.