Yazidi Celebrate “Cle Havine” Feast
Upon the completion of forty days fasting, the Yazidi religious figures start celebrating ‘’Cle Havine ‘’ feast (MidSummer Feast) at the holy place of Lalish temple. "Cle Havine" feast is a feast that is practiced by the religious men in which they fast for forty days during the hot summer.
One of the interesting things about Summer Feast is that not all Yazidis are obliged to fast for this feast but only the religious men who sacrifice themselves for the sake of the religion. These religious men remain celibate and do not get married during their whole life, which is a tradition related to Yazidism. A man who lives for the sake of religion must not get married but instead serve religion and pray for God and humankind.
During the fasting period the religious men practice their rituals at Lalish temple by lighting candles and praying and after the fasting period they celebrate the feast in a religious spirit. In the first day, Yazidis who live near the Lalish temple pay visit and celebrate the feast with the religious men and practice the rituals. Those who are far from Lalish temple celebrate the feast at their homes and practice the feast by visiting their neighbors. During the day of the feast they slaughter a lamb or a chicken. Blood must be spread on the ground which indicating the practicing of the feast.
Unfortunately, many Yazidis now cannot attend the rituals and practicing of the feast at Lalish temple because of the precarious situation that is undergoing in some places and because of the recent attacks of ISIS on Shingal in which Yazidis live. Baba Sheikh, the head of the Yazidis in Kurdistan and the world, congratulate the Yazidi people upon the coming of "Cle Havine" feast and wishes peace and safety for all human kind particularly the Yazidis.