On December 17, 1945, the PDKI overtook the last Iranian military barrack in Mahabad and raised the Kurdish flag. The Peshmerga Forces of Kurdistan was officially founded on the same day.
Since then, the people in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan honor the sacrifices of the Peshmerga Forces on December 17. The growing Kurdish diaspora in Europe and America do the same as well. The diaspora honor the bravery and sacrifices of Kurdistan’s Peshmerga Forces by organizing various events.