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2001 (MMI) is a common year starting on Monday. 2001 saw a year-long celebration of Armenia's 1,700th anniversary as the worlds first officially Christian nation.

1700th Celebrations

This was the tentative schedule of planned events at the time.

Date Name of Event Location and Description
December 31 Lighting of candles Yerevan’s Republic Square - Songs, ringing of bells, fireworks display.
January 6 The Holy Nativity Yerevan’s Republic Square - A staged musical performance or passion play by A. Yernchakian
January 9 Official Declaration of 1700th anniversary celebrations Press Conference
January 13 Farewell to the 20th Century All cities in Armenia - Firework displays, concerts and theatrical events organized by local cultural groups
March - April Water Your Tree Yerevan-Etchmiadzin highway - Trees will be planted
April 24 Pilgrimage to Ter Zor desert in Syria Der-Zor - Led by Armenian President and the Catholicos
Late May International Latin-American Dance Open championship Sport-Concert complex
Late May Woman: the most beautiful creation of nature Yerevan’s Cascade - Ladies’ Fashion Collections
May 26 Vardan: the soul of my country Sardarapat - Theatrical performance commemorating the 1550th anniversary of the Battle of Avarair
Late May Brabion Flower of Light Festival Opportunity for people to present various interpretations of nature’s diversity and potential.
Early June “For you, Christian Armenia” Festival Musical festival of the peoples of the world
Late June The Armenian stars of Russia for Artsakh Artsakh - Gala concert with a variety of Armenian-Russian artists
June-July Pan-Christian Culture – The International festival of spiritual music Opening ceremony to be held in Kapan
Late June The Children’s Planet Opening ceremony of the “Noah’s Ark” and “Noah’s vine” complex near Khor Virap; United children’s chorus performance at the Cascade
Late June “The Holy Virgin” festival of young artists Ceremonial Review of artwork; Children’s Fashion Show at the Cascade
Early July Melodies of the Armenian Mountains Gyumri - Duduk festival with international participants
Late July The Holy Baptism Lake Sevan - Baptism of 1700 individuals
Late July Ravenna Festival in Armenia Italian music festival will be welcomed in Armenia; Philharmonic Orchestra of the La Scala Theatre
Early August “Our doors are open” Formal ceremony initiating the “days of solidarity among nations”
Late August Regional days Throughout regions, traditional rituals, arts and crafts will be presented.
August 18-26 2nd Annual Pan-Armenian Games Vazgen Sargsian Stadium
September 21 10th anniversary of independence of Armenia
September 23 Consecration of St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral Consecration of St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
September 23 “The Path to Light” Following consecration of cathedral; Concert of contemporary and traditional music
September – November The “For You Christian Armenia” Classical Music Festival Festival of art and classical music with many international participants
September 24 “Our Father” Passion Play Yerevan’s Republic Square
September 26 “Oh Armenian World” Yerevan’s Republic Square - Contemporary renditions of spiritual music by Ara Gevorgian
Early October “Armenian sunrise” Peace Concert
Early October “The Festival of Translators” Ashtarak, Dsegh, and Goris - Literary festival dedicated to St. Mesrop Mashtots and St. Grigor Narekatsi
Early October Gala concert
December 31 “Welcome to the 21st Century” Closing ceremony “Welcome to the 21st Century” Closing ceremony and distribution of awards for all festivals and artistic events held during the year 2001.



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