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18 May, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial day

18 May, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial day

19.05.2014
18 May, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial day

On 18 May, International AIDS Candlelight Memorial day, Armenian Red Cross Society organized a candlelight march. Red Cross Youth 60 volunteers were participating in that march. It started at 18:30 from the ARCS headquarters and proceeded by the following direction:

Paronyan Str. – Mashtots Ave. – Amiryan Str. – Republic Square – Abovyan Str. – North Ave. – Sayat-Nova Str. - Garden at the State Conservatory named after Komitas.

At 20:00, Candlelight ceremony, accompanied by classical music, took place at the Garden of State Conservatory named after Komitas.

Besides the candlelight ceremony there were also:

  • Informative pavilion - where ARCS volunteers were disseminating the meaning of the day, by providing passers with leaflets about HIV/AIDS issues. They were encouraging them to wear red ribbons and to participate in all events that are taking place in other pavilions.
  • Quilt pavilion – where participants got the Quilt, by connecting the parts of the blankets, each part of which was dedicated to one AIDS victim.
  •  Discussion pavilion - where participants were given an opportunity to express their opinions, summarize the information and impressions received during the day.

The event ended at 21:30.

On 18 May, all around the world candles were lit for the 31st time, in the memory of the AIDS victims. It is a call to come together for the fight against HIV / AIDS and to honor the dignity of people living with HIV. This ceremony has a great importance for the commemoration of the victims of HIV, for the support of people living with HIV and for raising awareness about HIV / AIDS.