Thursday, 2 April 2015

Iraq: The Country of Poets, Painters & Sculptors

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. The country borders Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The southern part of Iraq is within the Arabian Peninsula. The capital, Baghdad, is in the center of the country and its largest city. The largest ethnic groups in Iraq are Arabs and Kurds. Other ethnic groups include Assyrians, Turkmen, Shabakis, Armenians, Mandeans, Circassians and Kawliya. Around 95% of the country's 36 million citizens are Shia or Sunni Muslims, with Christianity, Yarsan, Yezidism and Mandeanism also present. The currency is Iraqi dinar (IQD).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Iraq’s national dish is Masgouf (impaled fish) and its national cookie is Kleicha (meaning circle or wheel), both of which can be traced back to antiquity.

2. Dance has played an important role in Iraq culture for thousands of years. One dancing style in Iraq, the hacha’a, is similar to belly dancing, but there is more neck and hand motion and less hip movement. A woman must have long hair because part of the dance involves swinging her hair to the music.

3. Most Christian Iraqis are Roman Catholic. The country forbids Christians to talk about their faith or hold any religious events outside of their church.

4. Iraq has more than 22 million date palms and is one of the top three date producers in the world.

5. The oldest known writing system developed in Iraq around 3200 B.C. Known as cuneiform, it used about 600 signs instead of an alphabet. Each sign stood for a word or a syllable.

6. The Iraqi desert is home to many types of scorpions. Some can grow up to 8" long.

7. Mesopotamia, one of the world’s ancient civilizations, flourished in the area between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.

8. The hanging Garden of Babylon in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II was considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

9. It is believed that the Garden of Eden was in Iraq.

10. The world’s first written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh that narrates the story of a king who fights to preserve his kingdom, was written in Iraq, by John J. Miller.

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For tourism details visit: @iraqtourism @IraqPics

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