Ermeni Kiliselerinde Kutsal Paskalya
Holy Week and Easter Celebrations at
20-27.March.2016 Istanbul / Turkey
Today, Armenians living in Turkey is about 80,000 people and almost all
live in Istanbul. The population Vakıflı Armenian village in Anatolia is
100 people the only village where Armenians live collectively. Those who
live in different parts of Anatolia go to the churches in the nearest city
and perform religious duties.
The Armenians living in Istanbul celebrate the Easter holidays on March
27, 2016 after 50 days of fasting. During the last week of the Holy Easter
Week, different teachings were transmitted to members of the congregation
through rituals in the Church between 20-27 March 2016.
I worked at the churches that I visited,for the purpose of photographing
these events with the permission of Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, General Vicar
of Armenian Patriarch. The most important of these events was the first
day event, symbolising Christ Jesus's coming to the Jerusalem and being
celebrated as an olive feast. For this purpose, the head priest knocks the
altar and seeks permission to enter Heaven.
told, from behind the door, Only
the sinless can be admitted. Hence, the people waiting at the door admit
to having sinned in the past, but let the priest know they have long
repented, and once again ask for permission to be let in. The doors are
then opened and they are allowed to step in.
The second most important ritual is the foot washing ceremony.
Maundy commemorates the Washing
of the Feet, a Christian rite symbolizing Jesus washing the feet of the
Apostles after the Last Supper. The ritual teaches members of the
congregation to be humble. The service is held on Thursday of the Holy
The last day is celebrated as Easter feast, and the ascension of the soul
of Jesus is symbolized. Breaking the painted eggs symbolizes Jesus come
out from the grave and rise to the sky.
All these rituals and teachings are important events that symbolize a
certain culture beyond religion and convey to people what is right. These
ensure that the transfer of information is permanent.