The 'Festival of Assembly': Iraq Yazidi's Celebrate After 4 Years of Persecution

Published October 8th, 2018 - 08:57 GMT

Iraq's Yazidi minority have celebrated their main religious festival for the first time since the Islamic State group overran their areas in the country's north. 

Tens of thousands of Yazidis have gathered in Lalish to celebrate the Jamayi Eid. The celebration starts every year on 6 October and it lasts for seven days, the last day is Eid. 

The Iraqi ethnic and religious minority descends from some of the region’s most ancient roots. They are dualists, believing in a Creator God, now passive, and Malak Ta’us (Peacock Angel), executive organ of divine will.

 

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Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (AFP)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (AFP)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (s.yimg.com)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (s.yimg.com)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (i.pinimg.com)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (i.pinimg.com)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)

Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (AFP)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (s.yimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (i.pinimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (AFP)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (AFP)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (s.yimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (s.yimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (i.pinimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (i.pinimg.com)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)
Yazidis in northern Iraq celebrating the Festival of Assembly (Twitter)