Armenian Genocide Centenary commemorated in Bangkok
Honoring 100 years with 100 candles and prayers, the Armenian community of Thailand marked the centenary of the Armenian Genocide with a Vigil and a Renewal & Continuity Portraits Exhibition at ChristChurch Bangkok, in the Presence of Royal Thai government representatives, Ambassadors, Consuls, Honorary Consuls, foreign diplomatic corps Minister-Counsellors, guests, as well as Religious and Press leaders and representatives.
“Today, with the new generation of Armenians worldwide, we feel the moral and historic responsibility to create the consciousness amongst our respective societies and the various influential spheres to promote the HOPE for the prevention of future genocides” said Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian during his speech, adding “… we also seek and demand the true recognition of the Armenian Genocide as crimes committed against humanity. The Armenian government has set up the campaign under the slogan “I Remember and Demand”, continuing the struggle to create the awareness within the International Community for the unbiased recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”
The Church sermon and program for the Centenary commemoration included a meaningful prayer and heartfelt message by the Reverend Tim Eady, acting Vicar of Christ Church Bangkok, The keynote speech by Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian and memorial prayers by community deacon Sarkis Tarakjian as was a solemn cultural program with aired violin transcriptions of Chopin Nocturne and a screened recitation of Schubert’s’ Ave Maria.
The event was organized by the Consulate of Armenia and was graced with the united and resolute presence of the Armenian community of Thailand.
The Consulate also invited the Diplomatic and Consular corps, as well as Press and Religious representatives. The Vigil was held at Christchurch Bangkok followed by a Renewal & Continuity Photo exhibition at the adjacent Church community hall. Both venues were draped with the colors of purple and orange which were the main colors of the Armenian Genocide 2015 centenary campaign, featuring the forget-me-not flower, concurrently screening of the worldwide Armenian Churchs’ symbolic 100 bells, which was broadcasted on the 23rd of April live from Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
The portraits exhibition was actualized in collaboration with an outstanding Armenian photographer describing Black & White portraits of everyday Armenians today, and was themed to signify the unrelenting generation of a young Armenians, 100 years past the genocide, enduringly aware of their duty and knowledge to pursue national onuses and yet able enough to tackle current challenges and move forward. The exhibition subjects encompassed a wide-ranging fabric of the modern Armenian nation. The rejuvenated nation.
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