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Trndez (also Tyarndarach and Candlemas Day) is a feast of purification in the Armenian Apostolic Church and Armenian Catholic Churches, celebrated 40 days after Jesus's birth.[1] The two churches celebrate this on different days, the 13th (with celebrations on the eve of the 14th of February) and the 2nd of February.[2] The celebration of the Trndez is pagan in origin and is originally connected with sun/fire worship in ancient pre-Christian Armenia, symbolizing the coming of spring and fertility.

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  1. ^ Marshall, Bonnie C.: Tashjian, Virginia A,m The Flower of Paradise and Other Armenian Tales Libraries Unlimited 2007 page xxii
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