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YUGHAKIN DONATIONS

It is a long-standing tradition in the Armenian Church to give “Yughakin” donations, especially at Christmas and Easter. Yughakin literally means “price of oil.” Parishioners would donate money to purchase oil in order to keep the lanterns lit and the church illuminated. The tradition has continued throughout the centuries to modern times, although nowadays the money is not necessarily for oil for lanterns, but for utility bills that provide light, heat, and air conditioning. The concept is still very valid, especially these days, as we are faced with the unexpected hardships brought upon us by the health emergency. Your Yughakin donation will be most appreciated as it will help keep our sanctuaries properly cared for.