Yazidi Cel­e­brate The Holy Night

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­sanShin­gali

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.

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