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Visit to the Carahunge Observatory on the day of Armenian dances

On July 25, members of the “Carahunge Armenological Center” together with friends once again visited the Carahunge Observatory in Syunik. The expedition members: Nana Heruni, Nona Buniatyan, Hrachya Hakobjanyan, Tovmas Badalyan, Zohrab Mughdusyan, Hovhannes Pikichyan, Grigor Ginosyan.

The trip was combined with an event planned by the “Hazarashen” initiative group dedicated to Armenian dance and song, which took place on the morning of June 25. It started at the beginning of Mashtots Avenue in Yerevan, at the memorial stone of the house of the collector of Armenian dances Srbuhi Lisitsian, where the scale of the cosmic work done by her in the field of fixing Armenian dances, which saved them from extinction, was briefly outlined․

The long journey to Carahunge was accompanied by memories of various episodes of the work of our Center, the performance of ancient songs of Yerevan urban folklore.

Despite the scant information on the signage of the ancient observatory, Carahunge met us unexpectedly well – rows of seedlings and roses planted on both sides at the entrance to the territory, newly built toilets, a fenced clean area, comfortable benches for relaxation.

The joint event of the “Carahunge Center” and the “Hazarashen” initiative at the Carahunge Observatory was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Academician Paris Heruni, who had been researching the monument for many years. It began in the area of the Temple of the Sun, where the founding member of the Center G. Hakobjanyan told about the author of the astronomical theory - radiophysicist, archaeoastronomer, and academician Paris Heruni, briefly outlined the activities of the latter, his scientific justification of Carahunge as an observatory and the discoveries made by scientists who continued his theory after the death of the great thinker.

Writer, songwriter, and singer Arsen Hambaryan performed a song dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the scientist․ The event ended with the Armenian dance "shurjpar" and a military dance performed by the "Ardvin Ensemble".

Then the participants went to Sisian, where an 888-meter Armenian Tricolor procession was organized from the facade of the Palace of Culture through the streets of the regional center, where it sometimes soared up in a gusty wind. Thus, the days of traditional Armenian dances became another reason to raise the world's longest Armenian flag in Syunik.

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