Zozani Babaian wakes up early in the morning to bake a Klotch. In fact, it her cake that will define how the whole family passes the upcoming year. klotch is a special cake that Yezidis bake for the New Year — every third Wednesday of the month of March.
“Klotche Sare Sale”, one of the main holidays for Yezidis, represents the end of the past year and beginning of the new one. Every year, Zozani bakes the klotch on the New Year's Eve and she puts a bead from a necklace inside the cake. This bead is the lucky charm for the family.
Klotch is cut the next morning - this ritual is usually carried out by a man, in this case, Teimuraz Babiani. After performing a special prayer, he cuts the cake in two parts - this is called "Khatajota" (The plow trace). Khatajota at once symbolizes agriculture and the coming of Spring. One part of Klotch is cut into 7 pieces to honor the saints, while the second part of Klotch is reserved for the family members.
Yezidis believe that the family member who gets the piece of cake with a bead inside will be blessed for the entire year. If the bead is in saints' part of the cake, one particular saint will be the patron of the family for the year.This time Teimuraz turned out to be the lucky one.
Yezidis say that the bead always works. “Last year the bead was given to our daughter-in-law and she gifted our family with a son,” - Says Mister Teimuraz.
After the family ritual, Yezidis go to the temple to pray, as they light the oil wicks.
The head of the Yezidi Spiritual Board, Dimitri Pirbari says, that this holiday has a spiritual significance. "This is the celebration of Spring. Everything awakens and revives in the Spring, including the human soul. This day represents the spiritual renewal of a human being," - explains Dmitri.
The temple welcomes Yezidis for a special liturgy to celebrate “Klotche Sare Sale.”
Following the family and religious rituals, Zozani and Teimuraz embark on the New Year's journey with renewed energy.