On May 13-14, 2023, the "Hayartun" Educational Cultural and Youth Center of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia hosted the students of the Theatrical Art Department of the RA Kapan Art School. The guests performed Samvel Khalatyan's play "Don't Enter into Stranger Closet" in Calouste Gulbenkian Hall of "Hayartun" Center Galust Gulbenkyan Hall. It was warmly welcomed by the audience of Armenians from Tbilisi.
Eugenia Markosyan, Director of the "Hayartun" Educational and Cultural Center, highly appreciated the traditional cooperation between Syunik and the Diocesan "Hayartun" Center in her speech and expressed hope that the cultural collaboration will continue in other areas as well.
Rev. Father Kirakos Simonyan concluded the day by offering his blessings. The latter conveyed the blessings and best wishes of the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, Rev. Father Archimandrite Kirakos Davtyan. Rev. Father Kirakos Simonyan delivered a speech in which he appreciated the high-level art performance by the group and highlighted the ideological content of the performance, its relevance, and its importance for people.
The next day, May 14, the “House of Hovhannes Tumanyan” Center for Science and Culture of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia opened its welcoming doors to the students of the Theatrical Art Department students, who had an opportunity to learn about Hovhannes Tumanyan's life and activities in Tbilisi during an hour. Thanks to the tour guides, the guests were immersed in the Tumanyan era and got acquainted with the events which had taken place in the house of Hovhannes Tumanyan, Poet of All Armenians.
As Artur Gabrielyan, Head of the Theatrical Art Department, mentioned, Tumanyan’s world’s spirit and the welcoming atmosphere, as well as the atmosphere that prevailed here a hundred years ago were fully felt.
Students of the Theatrical Art Department of the Kapan Art School felt great satisfaction, love, and pride, with mixed feelings of unforgettable recall in their heart and soul. Tumanyan's spirit, embracing the noble ideas of humanity, patriotism, great friendship between the Armenian and Georgian peoples and all his high human values, was felt throughout the tour.
At the end of the tour, one of the students, Vigen Aghayan excited by what he saw and heard made a note in the book of impressions.
Guests from Kapan express their gratitude to the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, Rev. Father Achimandrite Kirakos Davtyan and “Hayartun” and “House of Hovhannes Tumanyan” Center for Science and Culture for the warm welcome.
The teachers and students of the Theatrical Art Department of the Kapan Art School express their gratitude to Gevorg Parsyan, head of the RA Kapan Marz (province), for sponsoring the tour.
The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated on February 14 every year. By the order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Tiarn’ndaraj was proclaimed as a day of the blessing of newly married couples. The couples, who get married the last year, attended the ceremony with a desire to receive blessings of Almighty God.
On February 13, the Fest began with the Evening Service celebrated on the eve of the Feast and was accompanied by church ceremonies and joyful folk celebrations in the churches of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia.
The Pre-feast Liturgy was celebrated under the presidency of the Vicar of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, Rev. Father Archimandrite Kirakos Davtyan, and with the participation of the Pastor of Armenian churches in Kvemo-Kartli region Rev. Father Archimandrite Zaven Yazichyan at the Cathedral of Saint George. Despite the cold weather, churches everywhere were crowded. The most of participants among the public attending the religious ceremony in Meydan and Avlabari districts were young people of the city.
The faithful listened to the mystery of the Presentation of the 40-day-old Christ Child to the Temple accompanied by wonderful hymns. After the Evening Liturgy, under the presidency of the Diocesan Primate and with the participation of clergy, the Blessing of the Four Corners of the World (Andastan) service was offered and the four corners of the world were blessed. Then, candles were lit as a symbol of Christ’s light.
The traditional Tiarn’ndaraj bonfire was lit in the courtyards of the churches. The Diocesan Primate burned a bonfire at the Cathedral of Saint George and the celebration began initiated by the “Hayartun” Center (Head of the center: Eugenia Markosyan) of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia. Rev. Father Samvel Torosyan lit the bonfire at the Saint Etchmiadzin church and young people jumped over the bonfire. Then, the "Jeyran" Dance Ensemble (director: Svetlana Yeritsyan) performed. Patriotic songs, wonderful melodies performed by dhol and duduk groups and round dances of unity spread from the courtyards of the churches operating in almost all Armenian-populated areas of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, which were joined by the excited society.
The joyful singing and dancing in the Armenian Churches located in the city districts ended with beautiful fireworks. At the initiative of spiritual servants of the Cathedral of Saint George and Saint Etchmiadzin church in Avlabari and with the support of Godfathers of Cross Armen Khachatryan and Armen Petrosyan, hospitality was organized.
The pre-feast celebration beloved by people took place with blessing of newly married couples and happy singing and dancing around the bonfire at the Holy Savior (Surb Prkich) church in Batumi, Holy Cross (Surb Khach) church in Akhalkalaki, saint Sarkis church in Ninotsminda, Saint Gregory the Illuminator (Surb Grigor Lusavorich) church in Akhaltsikhe and other temples of nearby villages.
On February 14, a festive Divine Liturgy was offered in the operating churches of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia.