The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated Diarentarach or Trndez (Candlemas) with Bishop Haigazoun Najarian celebrating the Divine Liturgy on Sunday 14 February 2015 followed by an old tradition of lighting a bonfire to resemble the Lord’s light and warmth.

Diarentarach is observed as a feast of purification and is celebrated 40 days after Jesus’ birth when Mary and Joseph presented the infant Child to the temple.

On this day, in the Armenian Apostolic Church newlyweds are invited for a blessing service.

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