Feast of Vardavar celebrated at Aleppo CCO

On July 6, 2016, a celebration of the feast of Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, commonly known as Vardavar in Armenia, took place at the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization. Organized by the Women’s Council of the Aleppo CCO, the unique event dedicated to the traditions of the feast brought together the representatives of the Syrian community residing in Armenia, giving joyful moments to the guests present.

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is the third of the five main Feasts of Jesus Christ of the Armenian Apostolic Church, traditionally celebrated 14 weeks after Easter.

In the Christian understanding, Transfiguration is a feast to celebrate the revelation of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. Through Transfiguration and by appearing in front of his disciples in lights, Jesus showed them the glory of His divine nature on the Mount Tabor.

Saint Gregory of Tatev explains the origin of the word Vardavar by comparing Jesus to a rose. Just as the rose hides itself in the bud and reveals its beauty to others after opening, Jesus bore the glory of His divinity within Himself and revealed it to others through Transfiguration.

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