News ID: 155128
Published: 0219 GMT July 17, 2016

Qara Kelisa Complex to hold Badarak religious ceremony

Qara Kelisa Complex to hold Badarak religious ceremony

Qara Kelisa Complex in Chaldoran, West Azarbaijan Province, will host annual religious ceremony of Armenians known as Badarak in late July.

5,000 Armenians from Iran and other nations including Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Germany and Canada will take part in the three-day event.

The ceremony will be held to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Saint Thaddeus — one of the apostles of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him).

During the ceremony, the worshippers perform religious practices, including sacrificing sheep, lighting candles, baptism of infants, etc.

Various organizations such as West Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department, Chaldoran Governor’s Office, Law Enforcement Forces and West Azarbaijan Red Crescent Society will render services to the participants.

Director General of West Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department Jalil Jabbari said the province is ready to implement the Armenian religious ceremony.

He recalled that Qara Kelisa Complex, which includes the three churches of Qara Kelisa, Saint Stepanous and Zoorzoor, was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2008.

It is highly respected by domestic and foreign tourists, he added.

Qara Kelisa (Black Church), or Thaddeus Church, which has been registered as the ninth international work, is known among the Armenians worldwide as Saint Thaddeus. The church is the oldest in the Christian world and dates back to the seventh and 12th centuries.

Chaldoran is situated 220km north of Orumieh, capital of West Azarbaijan Province.

                                                 

   
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