TRADITIONS AND HOLIDAYS
In Armenia many traditional and national customs are observed by people until today: for example Vardavar blessing of the first grapes harvest in August… At present in the Republic of Armenia are officially celebrated the following holidays and memorable dates.
Winter festivals symbolize birth of the Sun, the God and new life.
New Year - December 31 - January 1-2
Christmas - January 6- The day of the Armenian army - January 28
Barekendan (Shrovetide) – February 3
Terndez (Presentation of the Temple Garni) February 14 They are dedicated to the praise of birth and thanksgiving for the warmth and life. Spring festivals symbolize the awakening and revealing of the land and life. They are connected to flowers, trees, and fortune telling with colorful rituals.
Mothers and beauty day – March 8- April 7
Tsaghkazard (Palm Day) – 13 of April. We are pleased to announce the "Adornment of Flowers" celebration. This festival symbolizes the rejuvenation and revival of Earth following winter's dormant period. You will see deadwood start to sprout leaves. Witness the dry and barren Earth tremble, swell, and blossom! You are invited to join us in the celebrations of Tsakhkazard!
Easter (Zatik)- 20.04.2014
Memorizing the victims of genocide - April 24 (1915)
Hambartsum (Ascension) – 29.05
Victory day of the World War II - May 9
The festival dedicated to the Saint virgins named Gayane and Hripsime – 16-17.0 6
The festival of St. Echmiadzin – 22 of May
The day of the First Republic - May 28 (1918) Summer festivals symbolize Water and Love. They signify eternal love, blessing of the fruits and wines.
Constitution Day - July 5 (non-working day)
Vardavar (Transfiguration) – 27 of July
Astvatsatsin (The Day of Saint Maria) – 17 of August Autumn festivals symbolize the Maturity-the Earth and Universe. They celebrate the knowledge, sacred writings and thank the Earth for its fertility.
Independence day - September 21.
SurbKhach (Holy Cross) – 14 of September
Erebuni-Yerevan (the second week of October).