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Rudaw

Yezidis make Jamaya pilgrimage to Lalish marking the start of fall

By Rudaw 8/10/2018

The Yezidi feast of Jamaya (Eda Hechiya) is celebrated from October 6-13.

Also known as "the pilgrimage" it has not been celebrated since 2013 because of the ISIS conflict and genocidal campaign against the Yezidi people.

Yezidis gathered at their holiest temple in Lalish, Kurdistan Region, with spiritual leaders Baba Sheikh and Mir in attendance.

On the fifth day, the Sacrifice of the Bull takes place to mark the arrival of fall with its cooler temperatures and rainy season for the arid Shingal region.

Other Yezidi religious rituals are performed throughout the week.

Hundreds of thousands of Yezidis remain displaced in camps in the Kurdistan Region unable to return to Shingal.


Photos by: Omar Mizuri | Rudaw



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