[[Kurdish dance (Kurdish: Govend, Dîlan, Helperkê, Şayî; گۆڤەند ,دیلان, ھەڵپەڕکێ‎, شایی‎) is a group of traditional dance among Kurds. It is a form of a circle dance, with a single or a couple of figure dancers often added to the geometrical center of the dancing circle. At times musicians playing on a drum or a flute accompany the dancers.[1] Often there is dancer which is flinging a handkerchief who leads the half-circled group of dancers.[1] Often the dancers wear traditional Kurdish clothes.[2] The Kurds use to dance on several occasions as their festivals, birthdays, New Years, Newroz, marriage and other ceremonies[3] and the dances have several names which often relate to local names and traditions.[3]


  1. ^ a b Shwartz-Be'eri, Ora; Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem), Muzeʼon (2000). The Jews of Kurdistan: Daily Life, Customs, Arts and Crafts. UPNE. p. 64. ISBN 978-965-278-238-0.
  2. ^ "Learn About Kurdish Dance | The Kurdish Project". The Kurdish Project.
  3. ^ a b Sabah Ghafour, Goran. "Dance: A unique signature of Kurdish identity". Kurdistan24. Retrieved 2021-09-25.

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