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Khidr Elias Feast and its Vows. ©UNESCO 2014
Khidr Elias Feast and its Vows

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Every February communities in Iraq honour a holy figure called Alkhidr who is believed to grant worshippers their wishes, particularly those who are in need. Families gather on a sacred hill dressed in traditional clothes enjoying special dishes and performing dabkka (a popular dance), or deliver offerings by the bank of the Tigris making vows for wishes to be granted and sending candles along the river. The cultural practice, said to build social cohesion, is transmitted by families and schools.

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Place/region Iraq, Southwest Asia
Series: 2016 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Authors and personalities: Mohammad Jabar Meshweh, director. Eman Abdulwahab, participant ; Nadia Basheer, participant.
Production: Iraq. Ministry of Culture - Cultural Relations Directorate, sponsor.
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Rights/Droits: Iraq. Ministry of Culture - Cultural Relations Directorate

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