Celebrations on the occasion of 4500 th anniversary of the victory of the ancestor of all Armenians Hayk over the Babylonian king Bel and the establishment of the Armenian National Calendar August 10-11 will be held in Armenia.Celebrations to mark the 4500 th anniversary of the victory of the ancestor of all Armenians Hayk over the Babylonian king Bel and the establishment of the Armenian National Calendar August 10-11 will be held in Armenia.
According to legend, 4.5 thousand years ago Ike Nahapet (patriarch-progenitor of the Armenian people) defeated the army of the king of Babylon tyrant Bel and initiated the future of the Armenian state.That day - August 11, marked the beginning of the new year on the Armenian calendar.
"The main purpose of the activities is the incorporation date of August 11 in the Armenian calendar of holidays and the celebration of its year as a symbol of victory of statehood, national identity and unity", - said chairman of the initiative group "Serund" to organize events Cho
The celebrations will begin on Sunday in the ancient settlement Bagher, located five kilometers south of the village Artagyuh Lori region, where he will sacrifice the traditional appeal with songs about the sun, and will lay the foundation stone of the Temple of national unity.
On the occasion of the anniversary will be issued 4 thousand 500 commemorative medals, which proceeds from the sale will go to the construction of the temple.
Celebrations will continue on Monday at the monument progenitor Ike and Freedom Park in Yerevan.The event at the monument Ike will participate, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, who will also lay a wreath at the khachkar (cross-stone), established in memory of the heroes of Artsakh War Freedom Park.
Events will also be held in the cities of Garni and Yeghegnadzor with the support of "Armenian Knight" and with the participation of groups of children.
According to Armenian historian Artak Movsisyan, 11 August - is a celebration of the Armenian independent statehood as the highest national value, "because the father of the Armenian people Hayk defeated Bel, and became the founder of the Armenian independent statehood."
According to him, this is the day of worship to the motherland, because according to legend, Bal suggested Ike live in his possession, but Ike refused and went towards the creation of the state.
Movsisyan informed that the initiative group "Serund" going to appeal to the Government of Armenia with a proposal next year to celebrate this holiday at the state level.
"In this case, the celebration will take place in accordance with the ancient Armenian tradition: in addition to the annual 12 months was another five month - Avelyal whom all days are considered holidays", - he said.
"We hope to get to five days until 11 August at the state level have been declared holidays, for example, under the slogan" five days of national unity ", - concluded Movsisyan