Armenian Feasts &
feasts and traditions that the Armenians practise today are the legacy
of their forefathers. The legacy that has been passed on from generation
to generation changing along the way and adapting to the times and events
of history. Scholars who have been studding these feasts and traditions
have found traces of pagan rituals dating back to the pre-Christian era
when Armenians worshiped the sun and fire, water and soil. These included
pagan ceremonies dedicated to the good forces of nature and personal well
After the advent of Christianity
the Armenian religious feasts and ceremonies have changed and were conformed
to the Christian faith (just as all the other nations who have embraced
Christianity). For the passed one thousand and seven hundred years, both
the Armenian Church and the Armenian nation has practised these feasts.
As mentioned before, it is possible that many of these feasts and ceremonies
have been changed during the centuries and some might have been altogether
forgotten or completely changed.
The terrible fate that befell the
Armenian nation during the start of the 20th century (ie. The Armenian
genocide) has disrupted the momentum and the natural evolution of these
feasts, both in Diaspora and in Armenia. This resulted in the partial lose
of many of the rich social traditions and rituals. It is therefor important
that we as individuals try to learn as much as possible about our feasts
and national traditions and pass them on to the next generation.
The Armenian nation as whole has
practised the feasts listed bellow since the start of the 19th century.
They reflect clearly this nations ceremonial rituals, faith and expectations.
The aim of this section is to give the reader the opportunity to learn
about the meaning, and the origan of these feasts. To get acquainted with
social traditions, hospitalities, songs and games practised by the people
during these feasts.
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