Iraq-Popular folk game Al-Siniyah (Tray) returns in Sulaimnaiyah cafes during Ramadan.

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Location: Sulaimaniyah-Iraq

Language: Arabic

Duration: 00:03:33

Source: A24 subscribers

Restrictions: A24 clients

Dateline: 15/04/2022

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Popular folk game Al-Siniyah (Tray) is back in cafes in Sulaimaniyah during Ramadan, which is a traditional Kurdish game played by young men after Iftar and Taraweeh prayer. Bashkot Ali, game master and cafe owner said that Ramadan provides an atmosphere of entertainment for young men to enjoy themselves after Iftar and Taraweeh prayer. He mentioned that this game brings together people of different madhahib (schools of Islamic law) and religions. He said the Kurdish name of the game is ‘Sini Zarf’, which is of Ottoman Turkish origin. The game consists of 11 upturned glasses with a ring hidden underneath one of them and is played in 2 teams of 3 or 6.

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  • Soundbite (Bashkot Ali – Game master):

“Ramadan nights have a special atmosphere for entertainment and we wanted to provide young men with a space to enjoy themselves. Sulaimaniyah is a place of brotherly love and culture. The game consists of 11 upturned glasses with a ring hidden underneath one of them and is played in 2 teams. This game brings together people of different madhahib (schools of Islamic law) and religions who come here to play after Iftar and Taraweeh prayer.”

  • Soundbite (Ahmed Abdelaziz – Player):

“This game was played in times of no internet and no social media. Times have changed and now young people have other means of entertainment. This is an enjoyable folk game that requires intelligence.”

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