This tradition was established by YSU Student Council 6 years ago. The candles are lit on the stairs of the building and the number of candles symbolizes the next anniversary of the Genocide. So, this year the number of candles was 99.
“The main symbol of the event is once again to pay tribute to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide. Each year, when students enter the university, they show their own approach to this case. Right after the candle lighting we will move to the Liberty Square and then will walk to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Tsitsernakaberd to raise our voice of protest against the Turkish policy, which is practiced up to this day and is the continuation of the Armenian Genocide,” - said Head of YSU Division of Student Affairs Vahagn Varagyan.
The candle lighting ceremony was attended by students and representatives of the professorial staff.
After the candle lighting students also took part in the annual torchlight procession. Many of them had prepared chandeliers of plastic bottles, as well as banners and flags.
From the Liberty Square our students joined the large group of our compatriots, who every year organize the torchlight procession.
Student at YSU Faculty of Armenian Philology Ani Abrahamyan said: “15 years ago nobody could imagine that the torchlight procession will become so popular. Today, in many countries we can see young people, who also are involved in similar activities.”
Tomorrow, early in the morning, the university administration, students and lecturers, according to the tradition, will visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex in Tsitsernakaberd to pay tribute to the memory of the innocent victims.