Red Wednesday at Lalish

Charshama Sur, the Red Wednesday in Kurmanji Kurdish, marking the New Year for the Ezidi community, is one of the oldest ceremonies for the Ezidis. It is celebrated annually on the third Wednesday of April. Charshama Sur, is a sacred day celebrated by the Ezidis at Lalish temple in Shekhan district under the blessing of Baba Sheikh who gives approval to lit 365 lamps to welcome all the days of the new year.

Red Wednesday at Lalish
Shekhan, April 2022: The Ezidi community celebrate Red Wednesday which marks the New Year. Karwan Baadry

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