Mak­ing Wishes around the World

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

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.

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