يزيديو العراق يحتفلون بالعام الجديد

يزيديو العراق يحتفلون بالعام الجديد

Hundreds of Yezidi gather at the sacred Lalish Temple in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan near the city of Mosul on April 14, as they wait for the sun to set to begin New Year's celebrations. The Yezidi, a religious minority found in northern Iraq, call their New Year celebration Chwar Shema Sur, or Red Wednesday. The Yezidi are the descendants of Zoroastrians, and have been often targeted in the past for their beliefs.
Hundreds of Yezidi gather at the sacred Lalish Temple in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan near the city of Mosul on April 14, as they wait for the sun to set to begin New Year's celebrations. The Yezidi, a religious minority found in northern Iraq, call their New Year celebration Chwar Shema Sur, or Red Wednesday. The Yezidi are the descendants of Zoroastrians, and have been often targeted in the past for their beliefs.
Yezidi women sit in the cavernous Lalish Temple near a painting of a Yezidi woman praying to the Peacock Angel. The Peacock Angel, known as Melek Tawus, is the most sacred of the seven holy beings of the Yezidi faith.
Yezidi women sit in the cavernous Lalish Temple near a painting of a Yezidi woman praying to the Peacock Angel. The Peacock Angel, known as Melek Tawus, is the most sacred of the seven holy beings of the Yezidi faith.
An elderly Yezidi man burns a sacred candle in the Lalish Temple. Yezidi believe in the purity of the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - and lighting a torch or candle on New Year's day is done to welcome the upcoming year.
An elderly Yezidi man burns a sacred candle in the Lalish Temple. Yezidi believe in the purity of the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - and lighting a torch or candle on New Year's day is done to welcome the upcoming year.
A group of Yezidi stand in a sacred chamber inside Lalish Temple where oil is kept in ancient ceramic vases adorned with two handles called amphora. Yezidi believe they are the oldest religion in the world.
A group of Yezidi stand in a sacred chamber inside Lalish Temple where oil is kept in ancient ceramic vases adorned with two handles called amphora. Yezidi believe they are the oldest religion in the world.
Men and women light candle wicks dipped in oil and throw them in a copper plate as part of the Yezidi New Year celebration on April 14 in Lalish Temple. Yezidi welcome the New Year by lighting candles and flames.
Men and women light candle wicks dipped in oil and throw them in a copper plate as part of the Yezidi New Year celebration on April 14 in Lalish Temple. Yezidi welcome the New Year by lighting candles and flames.
A Yezidi woman lights an oil-soaked candle and places it along a ledge overlooking the holy Lalish Valley in Iraqi Kurdistan north of the city of Mosul. The Lalish Valley is home to the religion's most sacred temple and the tomb of the revered Sheikh Adi Ibn Musafir.
A Yezidi woman lights an oil-soaked candle and places it along a ledge overlooking the holy Lalish Valley in Iraqi Kurdistan north of the city of Mosul. The Lalish Valley is home to the religion's most sacred temple and the tomb of the revered Sheikh Adi Ibn Musafir.
Yezidi hold aloft small oil-burning lamps at sunset on April 14, or Red Wednesday, as the ancient faith calls its New Year celebration. For Yezidi, the New Year is believed to be the start of a new life and a time to restore the spirit.
Yezidi hold aloft small oil-burning lamps at sunset on April 14, or Red Wednesday, as the ancient faith calls its New Year celebration. For Yezidi, the New Year is believed to be the start of a new life and a time to restore the spirit.

كامران نجم -22 نيسان/ابريل2010

بدأ يزيديو شمال العراق الاحتفال بالسنة الجديدة مع غروب الشمس في يوم الرابع عشر من نيسان/ابريل. وقد استهل العيد اليزيدي القديم جوار شمه سور، او الأربعاء الأحمر، بالموسيقى التقليدية والرقص وتلوين البيض. يقدر عدد اليزيديين الذين يقطنون في محافظتي دهوك والموصل بحوالي 450 الف، وذلك وفقاً للمجلس الأعلى الروحي اليزيدي. والجدير ذكره بان اليزيديين واجهوا في الماضي اضطهادا قاسياً بسبب معتقداتهم.

والديانة اليزيدية العريقة، والتي هي مزيج من المسيحية والاسلام والزردشتية، لا تقبل ان يعتنق أتباعها دينا آخر، كما وتزدري الزواج من اتباع دين آخر. يؤمن اليزيديون بنقاء العناصر الأربعة -الارض والرياح والماء والنار- كما ويستقبلون سنتهم الجديدة بأيقاد الشموع والمشاعل والفوانيس الزيتية.

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