People of Kurdish descent are gathering to ring in the new year.
The Kurdish flag was raised at Binghamton City Hall today to commemorate Newroz, a celebration of the Kurdish New Year.
Meaning “new day” people traditionally celebrate by enjoying time outside and having picnics.
People also light fires to symbolize the passing of the harsh winter to the new warmer seasons.
American Kurdish Council Director Ridwan Zebari says everyone is welcome to celebrate.
“It’s a good opportunity for the whole community and others to come together and see each other. Everyone is invited. That’s a great aspect of the diversity of this community,” he said.
Traditional Kurdish foods are prepared including Dolma, which is meat and rice wrapped in grape, beet or cabbage leaves.