Char­shamba Soor- Yazidi cel­e­brate the Red Wed­nes­day

The Kurdish Globe - - ERBIL WEATHER FORECAST - By Has­san Shin­gali

As I men­tioned in one of my ar­ti­cles be­fore that as Fri­day and Satur­day are sa­cred for Mus­lims and Chris­tians, re­spec­tively, Wed­nes­day is a holy day for the Yazidis, who still per­form their rit­u­als on that day. I also men­tioned that Yazidis con­sider Wed­nes­day as a holy day be­cause they be­lieve that God cre­ated the uni­verse in just seven days. The Red Wed­nes­day as Yazidis call it "Char­shamba Soor" or "Sar Sal" in Kur­dish is con­sid­ered one of the main feasts that they cel­e­brate ev­ery year around the world. The feast takes place in Spring.

The rit­u­als of Char­shamba Soor in­clude col­or­ing eggs which is pretty much like the Chris­tian tra­di­tion . Ac­cord­ing to the Yazidi be­liefs, the egg is round, sim­i­lar to the shape of the Earth. Some parts con­sist of wa­ter while oth­ers of land . Col­or­ing eggs in Yazidism sym­bol­izes the com­ing of a new Spring. It is time for (re­birth or re­newal) or the com­ing of a new year. And the flour­ish­ing of na­ture is the re­sult of the an­gels de- scend­ing to the Earth. They bring with them a new life.

Yazidi cel­e­brate this feast by col­or­ing eggs in dif­fer­ent col­ors. Some draw the sym­bol of Taws-the Yazidi be­lie­fon them, and some paint the egg by a mix­ture of all col­ors to­gether. Ev­ery fam­ily boils quite a num­ber of eggs prior to the day of the feast, and on the feast day they dis­trib­ute the eggs to neigh­bors and chil­dren. Some fam­i­lies pay vis­its to the shrines of their de­ceased and put the col­or­ful eggs on their tombs so that the de­ceased par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tions.

Also dur­ing the feast day, a kind of game is played with eggs in­volved. Men, women, chil­dren par­tic­i­pate. A per­son holds an egg and an­other one hits the egg by his own. The owner of the bro­ken egg loses the game and passes over his egg to his op­po­nent. Yazidis also be­lieve in break­ing the egg and spread­ing it on the ground which means the ex­plo­sion of an atom. Break­ing the egg means spread­ing of the four el­e­ments: wa­ter, air, fire , and sand. The el­e­ments that con­sti­tute our Earth.

Yazidis ex­press their hap­pi­ness for the com­ing of Char­shamba Soor and wish the world and Yazidi people, in par­tic­u­lar, peace and se­cu­rity. Haveen Mustafa ex­pressed her hap­pi­ness and said'' I con­grat­u­late ev­ery Yazidi and ev­ery hu­man be­ing on the Earth on the com­ing of Jar­shamba Soor. The Spring and the feast herald peace. I wish my fam­ily and friends all the best dur­ing fes­tiv­i­ties". Salah, a young Mus­lim has con­grat­u­lated his Yazidis friends on the com­ing of Char­shamba Soor and said'' I ,as a Mus­lim, con­grat­u­late ev­ery Yazidi and wish them the best and a life in peace and pros­per­ity among their Mus­lim and Chris­tian broth­ers in Kur­dis­tan re­gion. I am very happy to cel­e­brate the feast with them and share their hap­pi­ness" .

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