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Badarak rituals observed in northwestern Iran

The annual Badarak religious ceremony was held in Chalderan, in Iranian West Azerbaijan province on Sunday.

Badarak, which is observed every year on the anniversary martyrdom of Saint Thaddeus, was held in the Qara Kelisa (black church) Complex while observing all the health protocols.

the Qara Kelisa – also known as Monastery of Saint Thaddeus – is believed to be the world’s oldest church dating back to the 7th century.

Armenian people from different countries had participated in the ritual which has been observed since 1954.

Holding the annual ceremony is not only indicative of different religions and ethnic groups' peaceful life, it also demonstrates peace and friendship in Iran.

Badarak was not observed in the Qara Kelisa (black church) Complex last year due to the restrictions caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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