Charshamba Soor- Yazidi celebrate the Red Wednesday
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" .