During Ramadan, Kirkukis play the traditional game Sinya (Sini Zerf)
08 April 2023
During Ramadan, Kirkukis play the traditional game Sinya (Sini Zerf) Iraqis mark the holy month of Ramadan with a diverse array of unique traditions and social practices. They gather in courtyards and cafes after prayers and iftar, with families and friends sometimes until the early hours of morning. A popular activity in Kirkuk is Sinya, an age-old game where rival teams must find a hidden ring. Players strive to uncover a hidden ring, a dice or a coin under one of 11 miniature copper cups placed on a circular tray. The tray signifies the year, while each of the 11 cups represents a month - with the 12th cup missing as that would represent the month of Ramadan.