According to the belief of the Arévis of Dersim the first three Wednesdays of March are called “Black Wednesday” and have a special meaning. This age-old tradition announces the arrival of spring. On these days, the people of Auri light candles in their homes and shrines, make sacrifices and distribute ritual sweets. With these rituals, the people of Dersim want the year to be good and the forces of evil to be expelled.
On March 29, the last Black Wednesday, many Arans gathered at the confluence of the Pylumur and Mndzur rivers in Dersim, at a shrine they say is called Gola Chetu, where they lit candles and distributed festive sweets to the crowd.
One of the Arevi citizens introduced it this way. “On Wednesdays in March, we come to this shrine to pray. In the fourth week of March, nature wakes up, the weather warms up, which symbolizes the arrival of spring. Sun worshippers come here to light their candles and candles, pray, make sacrifices, thank God and worship. Here, the waters of the two rivers mix. Of course, this place was more beautiful. Then they built tanks and the flowing water turned into a pond.
The state television of Western Armenia has already established a study to cover the genealogy of the indigenous ethnic groups living in Western Armenia and the issues related to the dangers of assimilation with a series of articles by an author (Ashken Virabyan) due to the fact that they were forcibly converted to Islam, they still retain the Armenian customs of their ancestors. This tradition has its roots in the pre-Christian period, when all Armenians were in the sun and celebrated the awakening of nature at the end of March, which after Christianity coincided with the candlelight ceremony of the celebration of Holy Easter. We will examine the following traditions according to the calendar.