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