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Christmas

6 January Armenians are the committed Christian people, which hold sacred all Christian rites and holidays. And as for all Christians of the whole world, the greatest church holiday in Armenia is the Christmas. The Eve of Christmas is called in Armenian language “chralaguyts”. This is the time when in all churches the candles are lit, and the priests sing special ancient spiritual hymn "Great wonderful sacrament”. In the morning, believers gather in churches on Christmas liturgy and the Communion. Then the Great Blessing of Waters is performed, when the water in the font, symbolizing the Jordan River, is sanctified by Life-giving Holy Cross, and then is handed out to parishioners as a healing body and soul. As in Russia, Christmas in Armenia is the great family holiday, which gathers at festive, richly laid table the whole family.
Armenians are the committed Christian people, which hold sacred all Christian rites and holidays.
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St. Sarkis Day

In the whole world, the patron of all lovers is the St. Valentine, whose celebration is observed on February 14. But Armenia has its own national patron of all loving hearts. It’s the St. Sarkis. He served as the commander at the court of Byzantine King Constantine and was one of the first Armenians, adopted the Christianity. It is celebrated 63 days before Easter, on a Saturday. On the night of the holiday young people eat salty pies and don’t drink water to encourage dreaming at night. They believe, that St. Sarkis decides their fate, that the person who gives them water to drink in their dreams will become their future spouse. People also put a plate with flour outside the door to have a record of St. Sarkis’s horse riding through the flour. They believe, the St. Sarkis appears with lightning speed on his radiant horse, and that the traces left in the flour serve as a good omen to bring them luck. In people’s imagination St. Sarkis is very handsome and appears with a spear, a gold helmet and gold armor.
In the whole world, the patron of all lovers is the St. Valentine, whose celebration is observed on February 14. But Armenia has its own national patron of all loving hearts. It’s the St. Sarkis. He served as the commander at the court of Byzantine King Constantine and was one of the first Armenians, adopted the Christianity.
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International Women’s Day

8 March Armenian men are famous for their peculiar gallantry and tender attitude to the fairer sex, and who else unless these Caucasian macho could think to celebrate the 8th of March for the whole month! Yes, do not be surprised. On 8 March the adopted around the world International Women's Day only opens the series of daily events, which results in the “Month of praise of women”. During the whole month (the only day off is the 8th of March at this) festive events: concerts, theater premiere, exhibitions, fairs, folk festivals are held in Armenia. Every public house prepares its own original holiday program. Every woman, whether young or old, does not remain without attention and gifts from the stronger sex at this holiday.
Armenian men are famous for their peculiar gallantry and tender attitude to the fairer sex, and who else unless these Caucasian macho could think to celebrate the 8th of March for the whole month!
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Easter (Zatik)

Easter is the favorite and the most anticipated holiday in the Christian world. Everybody greets each other on this day: “Christ has risen”-“Blessed is the resurrection of Christ”. During the Lenten fasting season of 40 days before Easter, Armenian families put lentils or other sprouting grains on a tray covered with a thin layer of cotton, and keep until Easter, when sprouts appear. These green sprouts, symbolizing spring and awakening of nature, are the “grass” on which people place colored eggs to decorate the Easter table. To the present day, Armenians have preserved the beautiful biblical lore, which refers to red eggs and fresh bread: “When Christ was crucified, his mother took some eggs and bread wrapped in the shawl. When the Mother saw her Son crucified and his arms bleeding, she knelt down and wept. The Mother’s tears and Son’s blood dropping on the shawl colored the eggs. Then the Mother put the shawl on her head. Since that day, people have begun to color eggs, red on Easter day, and women began wearing shawls when visiting churches.
Easter is the favorite and the most anticipated holiday in the Christian world. Everybody greets each other on this day: “Christ has risen”-“Blessed is the resurrection of Christ”.
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Vardavar

Although now a Christian tradition, Vardavar's history dates back to pagan times. The ancient festival is traditionally associated with the goddess Astghik, who was the goddess of water, beauty, love and fertility. The festivities associated with this religious observance of Astghik were named “Vartavar” because Armenians offered her roses as a celebration (vart means "rose" in Armenian and var mean "rise"), this is why it was celebrated in the harvest time. Vardavar is celebrated 98 days (14 weeks) after Easter. During the day of Vardavar, people from a wide array of ages are allowed to douse strangers with water. It is common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies on unsuspecting people walking below them. The festival is very popular among children as it is one day where they can get away with pulling pranks. It is also a means of refreshment on the usually hot and dry summer days of July or late June.
In the traditional Armenian range of holidays, the Vardavar is the major summer holiday and it is celebrated 14 weeks after Easter.
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Celebration of Terndez

The Armenian Church celebrates “Tearnyndaraj” or as people like to call it Terndez on February 14th, 40 days after January 6th. The main rite of this holiday is to jump over the bonfire. Mostly, it is done by either newlyweds or the bride and groom. To the sound of the duduk, couples pass around bonfire 7 times, and then jump over it. It’s symbolic for the purification of our sins. The main thing is to not unclasp the hands, that the union be strong. During the ritual, elders of the clan pour on the heads of newlywed wheat grains, so that the abundance follows throughout their life. Childless women, who desire to beget children, also can jump over the bonfire. The holiday is concluded with dancing round the bonfire and feasting later on that day.
The Armenian Church celebrates “Tearnyndaraj” or as people like to call it Terndez on February 14th, 40 days after January 6th.
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Grape Blessing day

Among the most beloved ceremonies of the Armenian traditional feasts, is the ceremony of Grape Blessing, which is held on Sunday, usually following, or proceeding the August 15. The occasion, on which Armenians celebrate the blessing of grapes is a major feast day, called “Assumption of the St. Mary”. The tradition of blessing grapes, the first fruits of the harvest, can be traced back to the Old Testament, when farming was a common vocation. Of the vast assortment of produce, grapes had a special place and were considered the “first fruits” because they were the first produce of the harvest. With the birth of Jesus, these dedications took on a new meaning. Jesus Christ was the first born, or the first fruit of Mary and as such, was offered to God in the tabernacle (Luke 2:25-30). The Catholicos of all Armenians blesses the grape harvest on that day.
Among the most beloved ceremonies of the Armenian traditional feasts, is the ceremony of Grape Blessing, which is held on Sunday, usually following, or proceeding the August 15.
GRAPE BLESSING DAY, Armenia, Travel to Armenia

Independence Day

On the 21st of September Armenians celebrate the Independence Day. In 1991 Armenia for the Second time became an independent country. This day is one of the favorite holidays of Armenians which is widely celebrated in Armenia. Usually there are open concerts everywhere and there is always a beautiful parade in the Republic Square. Armenia is independent from 1991 till today.
On the 21st of September Armenians celebrate the Independence Day.
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New Year

31 December-1 January New Year is celebrated a whole week beginning with December 31, with tables laden with food and all varieties of sweets. During this week, people exchange gifts and congratulatory wishes, and their homes are open to welcome everyone. Visiting begins on January 1 and lasts through Orthodox Christmas on January 7.
New Year is celebrated a whole week beginning with December 31.......
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