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Yezidis gather in Lalish for sacred Jamaya festival

By Rudaw 8/10/2017
Yezidis are gathering in Lalish for Jamaya Sheikhadi festival, the Gathering and Feast of Seven Days. The festival, held annually in early October is a sacred time for Yezidis to make a pilgrimage to their holiest shrine in Lalish.

Every evening, a ritual dance is performed by men dressed in white followed by a procession behind a sacred torch. 

On the fifth night of the week-long festival, a bull is sacrificed. The meat is cooked and shared among the pilgrims. 

The timing of the festival is to welcome autumn. Yezidis pray for good rains during the coming winter in order to have a bountiful harvest in the spring and summer. 

The flight ban imposed by Baghdad has prevented some Yezidis living abroad from attending this year, as well as foreigners and media wanting to observe the festival, organizers said. 



Sam Miers | 8/10/2017
Will the festival go until the 13th of October? I'm a filmmaker from Australia and want to come a document it.
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 8/10/2017
The Ezide culture represnts our real Kurdish culture where women , men and children are in one picture, unlike Iraqi Kurdistan where women are margenlized and no one in the pcture except men just like Afghanistn.
KPatriot | 9/10/2017
Biji our Ezidi brothers!
Kurdo | 9/10/2017
Stewee Guy why do you even put time in understanding the kurds? When you are rep pilled then run off. Kurds will never get anywhere, let them stay muslims and getting raped by other muslims, who cares. The Ezidi deserve their own land but fuck the kurds. The kurdish people never have any visions or dreams. A second war will come and this time they will eat up the kurds alive, but hey atleast the enemy are muslims.
Baran | 11/10/2017
@KPatriot ........AND sisters, too!
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