New light: Yezidis celebrate Chwarshama Soori, the new year
As parts of their traditions during a ceremony to celebrate Chwarshama Soori, or the Yezidi New Year, on Tuesday, Yezidis light candles and paraffin torches outside Lalish temple near Dohuk, northern Kurdistan Region.
Chwarshama Soori, translated as Red Wednesday, marks the day that Tawuse Melek, the Peacock Angel who is God’s representative on earth, descended on the holy site of Lalish to bless the earth with fertility and renewal.
Yezidis gather in Lalish to celebrate the day in larger numbers than in the last few years after ISIS began its genocide against the community.
The Yazidis, who number about 1.6 million, commemorate the arrival of the light into the world during the celebration.
In a congratulatory message to the Yezidis on their new year, the president of the Kurdistan Region said the Yezidis are an “inseparable” part of the Kurdistan nation and they should no longer suffer persecution.
Masoud Barzani said “in light of the return of Yezidi New Year, the Chwarshama Soori feast, I warmly congratulate all of our Yezidi sisters and brothers in Kurdistan and the world.”