The Jewish community of Armenia celebrated one of their favorite holidays,
Khanukah, օn December 26, at the Komitas Chamber Music Hall.
Before the concert, 5th candle of the khanukiya (liturgical candlestick) was
solemnly lit by the rabbi and 5th day of Khanukah was announced.
After the ceremony, a festive concert with a Jewish and Armenian music program
began, which was a unique Armenian-Jewish cultural dialogue between the two
“The celebration lasts for 8 days, and today the 5th candle is lit. We wanted
the event to take place not earlier because it is a solemn moment. It's a family
holiday, and on that day we put the candlestick outside or put it on the
windowsill”-Rima Varzhapetyan, president of the Jewish community in Armenia,
According to the head of the community, there are countries where the law
doesn't allow any kind of fire outside, but on this day in many countries Jews
are allowed to do the ritual. Khanukah is celebrated in all large and small
communities around the world.
“As Khanukah is everyone's holiday, we have kindly invited community
representatives and Armenian performers. The concert was entrusted to Mariam
Shahinyan, President of the “Arts Gallery” Cultural Foundation, as she is our
dear friend and a great professional. I hope people enjoyed it. The hall was
provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, which is very
valuable for us. We always glorify Armenia and Armenians. I wish the friendship
between our nations to remain so close,"-Varzhapetyan concluded.
The festive concert featured “Ars Major” dance group of the community art
school, singer Diana Arakelyan, community representative, Ensemble of kanoonists
of A. Spendiarian School “Nur” (artistic director Tsovinar Hovhannisyan), Sofi
Devoyan's "Dance and Soul Theater", soloist of Yerevan opera Narine Ananikyan
and soloist of State Philharmonie Anna Poghosyan (under accompaniment of
professor of Yerevan Conservatory Margarita Sargsyan), Honored Artist of RA
Vyacheslav Manucharyan (clarinet) and Honored Artist of Yerevan Irina Gasparyan
(saxophone), Vocal-Choir School of Voice Protection under the accompaniment of
School principal Hasmik Safrazbekyan (artistic director: Karine Arakelyan). The
concert culminated with Robert Amirkhanyan's "My dream, my homeland" and Jewish
"Hava Nagila" songs performed by the choir.
On the photo: Sofi Devoyan's "Dance and Soul Theater"