What is Yazidi New Year?

Photo from http://peacock-angel.org/sere.sal.htm

Photo from http://peacock-angel.org/sere.sal.htm

When the news is all over the newspapers that the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton visited Wagga Wagga to celebrate the Yazidi New Year with 250 Yazidi refugees yesterday, you can’t help asking “What is the Yazidi New Year?”

The Yazidis are an ethnically Kurdish religious community, originally from Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The Yazidi New Year is also called Sere Sal, which means “Head of the Year”. It’s usually celebrated on a Wednesday of April, and one major celebrative activity is colouring eggs (coincidentally the same as the Easter), commemorating the beginning of spring and new cycle of life and rebirth.

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