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February 26, 2019

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At the invitation of the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ervad Zarrir Bhandara represented the Zoroastrian faith accompanied by Xerxes Commissariat representing the FEZANA on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

A Multi-Faith Memorial Commemoration in remembrance, peace and reconciliation of the Khojaly Tragedy was well attended by about 300 distinguished guests at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles

An evening of Azerbaijani multifaith memorial featuring the world multi faith leaders including the Bishop Menezes of the Christian faith and Ervad Bhandara representing the Zoroastrian faith, praying together at this unique event for world peace and commemorating Khojaly Tragedy (The Worst genocide of the 20th century), Khojaly was a town in Azerbaijan, on Feb. 25-26, 1992 was attacked, and its civilian population subjected to a massacre as they tried to evacuate the town, over 600 people, including some 300 children, women and elderly were murdered in a bloodshed, which the Human Rights Watch called the “largest massacre in the [Karabakh] conflict.”

The focus of the multi-faith meeting was on remembrance, peace and reconciliation. Nasimi Aghayev, the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, pointed out that in Azerbaijan diverse religions live together peacefully. The prayer meeting was followed by the Azerbaijani musical performance featuring the world-famous Azerbaijani musician, Master of Kamancha, Stanford University’s Music Teacher IMAMYAR HASANOV, who performed Azerbaijani music, accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist and composer CEM OSLU

The evening was concluded with a dinner of Azerbaijani and Turkish food.


Xerxes Commissariat, Zarrir Bhandara with Consulate general Nasimi Aghayev & faith leaders


Ervad Bhandara addressing the crowd


Ervad Bhandara praying along with the Multi faith leaders


Ervad Bhandara with Bishop Menezes addressing the gathering.