Making Wishes around the World
Every community in the world has its own way to make its wishes. This is performed through special rituals. Italy, for example, is a country of tourism. Each year more than 12 million people visit Italy. The Italian people have a special way of making their wishes. Trefani fountain (Fonatana di Trevi) is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rome. The word Trefani means 'single'. People usually go to the Fountain to make a wish to get married or to pray for the blessing of ma- ternity or cure from ailments. Trefani means virgin or pure. After kissing the fountain, people usually throw coins into it while they make personal wishes. The pool of the fountain is cleaned every Monday night. Sometimes the water gets red because of the many coins. The budget to preserve the monument is a million Euros yearly.
France is another European country which is visited by millions of tourists from around the world. The French, too, have ceremonies for making their wishes. The lover's bridge or the Art Bridge is one of the famous bridges in Paris on which people make their wishes. Usually lovers and married couples go to the Bont de Art (Lover's Bridge)) to hang locks on the bridge to symbolize their true love and then throw the keys to the river Seine to indicate their immortal love. Some even write down their names and dates on the locks with indelible ink as a sign of their true love.
In the Kurdistan Region, Yazidi's too make their wish- es in their own way. They go to the "Wishing Tree" for this purpose. Lalish, the place that many Yazidis visit to perform the rituals every year, is located in the north of Duhok Province. People usually tie a piece of cloth to the "Wishing Tree" to get married with their loved ones and have offspring. Often many non-Yazidis also pay a visit to Lalish for the same reason.