Yerevan, Armenia – Serzh Sargsyan, the President of Armenia has congratulated Ezidis on the occasion of their New Year´s Day Charshamba Soor in a press release. Charshamba Soor, which means Red Wednesday is regarded as the beginning of the creation story, when God commissioned Melek Tawus, his representative on the face of the Earth to create the Earth and make the planet habitable for living creatures.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan

Around 35,000 Ezidis live in Armenia according to the census of 2011, representing the country´s biggest ethnic minority. Armenians and Ezidis share a common history of friendship and persecution.

“Dear representatives of the Yazidi community of Armenia,

I cordially congratulate you on the New Year – Melek Taus. The genuine friendship of the Armenian and Yezidi peoples has passed through a joint struggle of time and shared calamities and has been strengthened with peaceful, creative work and shared achievements.

The last year was difficult for many Yezidis living in the Middle East, and they still continue to experience hardships. Be confident that we are standing beside you in this difficult situation and you can expect our support in the future. Melek Taus brings with it new hopes and dreams. Thus, I yearn for our region to be peaceful and safe in the New Year and that severe adversities remain in the past. Happy New Year and all the best to you dear Yezidi compatriots”