Yazidi Celebrate The Holy Night
One of the holiest religious feasts that the Yazidi community celebrates in Shaaban month every year is called "The Holy Night." The Holy Night has its own importance among Yazidi and the Muslims as well. The Yazidis have always celebrated the feast and still do. It is about practicing keeping awake the whole night till dawn. Yazidis believe the Holy Night is one of the holiest feasts that is celebrated among them.
The Yazidis also believe that staying awake from sunset to dawn and celebrate by praying for the mankind in general and the Yazidis in special is one of the religious rituals. During the Holy Night , Yazidis head towards Lalish to perform the rituals that are related to this feast. Here, they pray and light candles in the valley and listen to the hymns of Qawals(religious figures ) during the whole night as well as they listen to the advice that Qawals and Baba Sheik (the Head of Yazidis) gives them . While Yazidis who are far from Lalish and specially those who live in complexes are celebrating the feast by praying and practicing the rituals as well as dancing to the religious hymns .
The Holy Night is full of joy and happiness because on this night the Yazidis come together and see their relatives and friends. Both the young men and women keep awake till the dawn by dancing and bringing different kinds of food, while the children spend their night among their friends and play different kinds of games.
Shav Barat, in Kurdish means The Holy Night as Baba Sheix the Head of the Yazidis mentioned, is one of the holiest feasts that are celebrated by the Yazidi community every year. It urges people to ask for forgiveness of their sins by praying to God and for the mankind.