Sum­mer feast and the Yazidi’s pray for God and mankind

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

Away from the at­tacks and the con­flicts of ISIS (The Is­lamic State in Iraq and Sham), in some prov­inces and towns of Iraq like Mu­sol, Tala­far, Hu­saiba, Qaem and oth­ers and away from the mass me­dia talks which make people ter­ri­fied hear­ing about Daash (ISIS) and the cur­rent pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion in Iraq, the Yazidi re­li­gious men start cel­e­brat­ing the Sum­mer Feast which oc­curs ev­ery year in June.

The Sum­mer Feast is con­sid­ered one of the main feasts that Yazidi re­li­gious men prac­tise. It is also called <>Ida Chle Havine, <> which means a cel­e­bra­tion at the height of the sum­mer sea­son. It be­gins with the rit­ual of fast­ing for forty days by the re­li­gious men, ei­ther in Lal­ish Tem­ple or the Yazidis shrines in their vil­lages or com­plexes. How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of the re­li­gious men fast in the holy tem­ple of Lal­ish since it is the place of pu­rifi­ca­tion in the Yazidi mythol­ogy.

Cer­e­mo­ni­ously people head to­wards Lal­ish to con- grat­u­late the re­li­gious men for the com­ple­tion of their forty- days> fast­ing. Ida Chle Havine is not oblig­a­tory to or­di­nary Yazidis, but a duty for the re­li­gious men.

At the end of the fast­ing, many Yazidis pay a visit to the Lal­ish tem­ple to prac­tise the rit­u­als with the re­li­gious men. They all pray for the mankind in gen­eral and the Yazidis in par­tic­u­lar. The Yazidis who are abroad or in Iraq but away from Lal­ish tem­ple cel­e­brate the feast in their homes and the shrines that are near. Af- ter­wards, each fam­ily sac­ri­fices ei­ther a lamb or a hen for the com­ple­tion of the feast.

Mi­lat Musta, a young Yazidi from Sharya com­plex, says: <> I am happy for the com­ing of the Sum­mer Feast be­cause then all the Yazidis pray to God and for the mankind, it is the feast of bless­ing and gen­eros­ity,» added Mustafa.

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