Interfaith Committee of Democratic and Free Society of Eastern Kurdistan, KODAR congratulated Xawenkar feast to all the Yarî believers and also called for further strengthening of interaction and coexistence between religions and beliefs of Zagros.
The KODAR statement is as follows:
“Today, with the situation in the world and especially the Middle East and in particular, regional and trans-regional states to shape human destiny. Meanwhile the superpowers have not shown anything worthy of any belief and moral and perhaps never as today have humanity lived in more isolation. Where the crisis is created, how and by whom, is controversial. But the common thing among all the chaos, killing in human society can be attributed to unprecedented growth mentality and structures of racial and religious fascism.
No doubt that the Middle East is the cradle of ancient beliefs. The Middle Eastern legacy has become a tool for the analytical minds for the pages of history. Among all the existing beliefs of Zagros, Yarî (Yarsan) is one of the oldest belief. The role of Yarsan in politics and human social relations is the fight against fascist tyrannies and their power through their compliance with social life and living standards of the people, and greater individual and social coexistence and overlaps the reason for the continuation of human society and the believe in themselves.
It is noteworthy that Yarîs (Yarsan followers) believe in reincarnation, which is believed to be the third largest in the world, is basically the human relationship with nature in a systematic and practical definition of returns. The faith of Yarî is belief in nature and a large people of the Middle East believe in it, this has been established according to the same principle.
We congratulate Xawenkar to all Yarî followers and we hope that along with celebrating this feast we would be able to put the moral and social principles of Yarî belief into practice.”
Yarsan celebrate two festivals which are, Newroz (Kurdish New Year) and Xawenkar.
Newroz is traditional and ancient Yarsanians’ national feast which is highly regarded as sanctified and special. Xawenkar feast is a religious feast of the Yaris followers. The feast is followed by three days fasting in middle of winter every year. Three days feast has a special place among the Yaris followers as it represents the difficulties and suffering of the Yarsans leaders Sultan Sahak and his followers from the eighth century onward. Most Yari follower go to Cemxane (Jamkhana) temple to pray and fulfil their religious obligations. Following the end of the three nights, Yaris followers either collectively or individually go to holy places to celebrate the feast.
From the Ahl-e Haqq point of view, the universe is composed of two distinct yet interrelated worlds: the internal (batini) and the external (zahiri), each having its own order and rules. Although humans are only aware of the outer world, their lives are governed according to the rules of the inner world. Among other important pillars of their belief system are that the Divine Essence has successive manifestations in human form (mazhariyyat, derived from zahir) and the belief in transmigration of the soul (or dunaduni in Kurdish). The Ahl-e Haqq do not observe Muslim rites and rituals.
Yarsan people are peaceful people, who reject any kind of violence or acting in revenge or even to hate their enemies according to their religious rules and obligations.