In 1912, the current year was declared a Jubilee Year by the special decree of the Catholicos of all Armenians Gevorg E. It was decided to start the events on October 13, 1912, and exactly one year later, on October 13, 1913 (the feast of St. Translator), organize the solemn closing of the Jubilee Year. It took on a national character, so it was called “Great National Jubilee”.
The main three-day events of the feast began on October 11, 1913.
Both in Constantinople and in the provinces of Western Armenia, religious and literary celebrations followed one another. The great jubilee was celebrated in Brusa on October 25 at the National College, in Baghesh on October 26 at St. In the monasteries of Gevorg and Pletakatar. The Central Committee of Taron Jubilee organized mass events near the tomb of St. Sahak, in the monasteries of St. Translator and St. Karapet and in different parts of the city. During the events, it was decided to collect funds for the development of the Sassun periodical press.
On the occasion of this memorable jubilee, Komitas had prepared a recording of the song “Oh how beautiful is your language”, which was to be printed and sold throughout the year.
In 1912, during the jubilee days of the 1500th anniversary of the invention of Armenian writing and the 400th anniversary of Armenian printing, publications presenting the history of Armenian writing and printing were published in various cities. In 1913 On the evening of October 13, on the occasion of the closing of the jubilee year, K. Komitas’ mixed choir “Gusan” consisting of 200 people performed at the “Leshiki” theater in Constantinople.
The press of Western Armenia focused on the two jubilee council and covered the events in detail.
Tatevik Ghaltakhchyan, HCTI researcher