Iraq's Yazidis Celebrate New Year

Hundreds of Yazidis congregated at the holy temple of Lalish in the northern city of Dohuk, Iraq to celebrate the Yazidi New Year, Tuesday, April 16. The celebrations come two years after Islamic State militants were driven out of Iraq. Men and women wearing traditional outfits were holding candles and paraffin torches around the steeple of the holy temple in Shekhan district about 430 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad. The feast celebrates old traditions, including the coloring of eggs, which represents the earth and beginning of creation in the Yazidi culture.

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