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Armenian Feasts & Traditions

he 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 being.

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.

Note: This section is mostly in Armenian. To find out how to be able to see the Armenian letters and download a free Armenian font, please click "Here".

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. In time, more material will be added to the above list. If anyone out there has more literary works (both in English & Armenian) and wishes to contribute to the list above, we will be happy to hear from you - Hye Etch.

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