We Congratulate Arab Alawites’ “Ras-el Seni”.

13 January 2017 Friday, 23:31
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Happy Ras-el Seni and forever.

Today is the day on which Arab Alawites welcome New Year. As the Research Institute for the Middle Eastern Arab Peoples we congratulate Arab Alawites’ “Ras-el Seni”.

During these difficult times in our region, unfortunately, peoples of the region are not able to practice their rituals and traditions in the way they wish to due to continuous anxiety and the wars. Arab Alawites who have been assimilated through cultural genocide historically are also exposed to these anxiety-inducing socio-political conditions. However, Arab Alawites continue to celebrate their new year in spite of everything by wishing each other unity and sharing “züngol” (a type of desert) with hope, determination and pleasure.

Solidarity has become more important than ever at these times. We wish that brother/sisterhood will remain in our bleeding country; peace and freedom will triumph in the Middle East. Happy Ras-el Seni and forever.

Research Institute for the Middle Eastern Arab Peoples

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Photography; Bülent KAPLAN