Yazidi Cel­e­brate “Cle Havine” Feast

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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.

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