Photos by Department of Information of the Araratian Patriarchal Diocese
The Grabar Olympiad is organized as part of the Araratian Patriarchal Diocese’s “Days of Grabar” Program, which has been held with the support of the RA Ministry of Education and Science, Yerevan Municipality and “Pyunik” Pan-Armenian Human Resources Development Foundation since 2014.
The goal of the program is to spark interest in grabar and encourage the teaching of grabar. It is ongoing and will include pilgrimages, visits to a camp for Armenian studies, as well as intellectual games for teachers and schoolchildren.
Among those attending the event were Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan; President of “Pyunik” Pan-Armenian Human Resources Development Foundation, chairman of the diocesan council of the Araratian Patriarchal Diocese Levon Sargsyan; Director of the Christian Education Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Bishop Vardan Navasardyan; member of the diocesan council, RA Deputy Minister of Health Vahan Poghosyan; Chief of Staff of the RA Ministry of Education and Science Nayiri Harutyunyan, as well as principals, teachers and students of schools and parents.
Kristina Muradyan from Calouste Gulbenkian High School N 190 of Yerevan won the grand prize, while Ashot Mkryan from High School N 2 won second place and Arpine Musheghyan from Gevorg Emin High School N 182 won third place.
The winner of the juniors’ group was Ashkhen Petrosyan from Secondary School N 107. Anahit Naltakyan, who is from Secondary School N 87, and Gohar Arakelyan (Secondary School N 87) won second and third places, respectively, as well as books as encouraging awards.
The teens and their teachers were granted computers and monitors. The awards had been set by President of “Pyunik” Foundation Levon Sargsyan.
Congratulating the recipients, His Holiness Navasard particularly said the following: “With the rays of light from above, the Armenian alphabet “radiated” in the sky, and the wonder created through a prayer and with a vision “Armenified” the Armenian World. Later, the Golden Age of the history of the Armenian people went down in history. The first letters in Armenian were imprinted in parchments. God spoke in Armenian and said: “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding” (Proverbs A:1). The Armenians prayed in Armenian: “Hayr Mer, Vor Yerkins Es…” (Holy Father in the Heavens Above). The golden Armenian grabar was truly referred to as the language of God. Koryun Skancheli certified that with his writing: “The world of the Armenians became desired and definitely marvelous.” The Bible became something to worship, and literature became an object for the preservation, revival and affection of the nation.”
The “Days of Grabar” pro-national program was launched with the blessing of the Supreme Patriarch two years ago. Since then, honored teachers have been making serious efforts to instill in the souls of young Armenians the spiritual and cognitive legacy of the Armenians. They will be the ones to sow the seeds of our golden heritage in the future. With Christianity, they will become the worthy descendants of the Golden Age since they know how to “respect the memory and not forget the merit of Armenian writers” (N. Aghbalyan).