Seva Zistane (The Night of Winter)


The Night of Winter is an informal festival observed by tribes in the Middle Eastern Kurdistan area.

The night is regarded one of the earliest festivals still honored by modern Kurds, and it was recognized as a sacred day by ancient tribes in the region.

Each year, the celebration coincides with the Winter Solstice. Because the night being the longest of the year, ancient Kurdish tribes thought that it was the night before a victory of light over darkness and a rebirth of the Sun.


The Sun is significant in various ancient faiths still maintained by certain Kurds, notably Yezidism.

In terms of eva Zistanê, several tiny religious sects in Kurdistan hold similar beliefs. Scholars of numerous religions have clearly documented the belief in the superiority of light over darkness.

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The Winter Solstice is thought to be the night when the evil spirit is at his most powerful. The next day is a day of celebration since it is thought that God and his angels have won.

Because the days are becoming longer and the nights are getting shorter, this day commemorates the triumph of light, or the Sun, over darkness, or evil.

Even today, people in the Kurdistan area celebrate the night as a festival. Many families arrange enormous feasts for their communities, and the youngsters participate in activities and are given sweets in a manner similar to modern-day Halloween rituals.

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