Istanbul Armenians have celebrated the the heroic battle of Musa Dagh.
At the yard of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in primarily Armenian-populated Kınalıada Island, Armenians cooked the traditional Harissa—one of the symbols of this heroic battle—and danced and sang until late at night, reported Agos Armenian weekly of Istanbul.
The heroic battle of the Armenian people of Musa Dagh—a mountain in today’s Hatay Province of Turkey—took place in 1915, when the residents of several Armenian villages around Musa Dagh refused to obey the Ottoman Empire’s decision to deport them. As a result, these Armenians defended themselves against the Ottoman troops for 53 days, and without any outside help. Ultimately, however, French warships came to the rescue of the Musa Dagh Armenians, and they were taken to Egypt.