January 1st – New Year Day
The New Year celebration is one of the most anticipated holidays for an Armenian family.Through the years, the traditions and customs are being kept with a touch of modernization. Some of the customs come from different periods of time but most are ty
Families with modest means and low income do their best to save money for their New Year table. People even do more than they can afford, since it’s believed that “You’ll spend the year just the way you’ve welcomed it” and also people will be welcoming guests the following days, so the table has to be as “rich” as possible.
The New Year emotes the verve of the country.. Joy and ecstasy laced with food, drinks, flush with colors epitomized for this day… And New Year’s celebrations offer a popular spectacle for the eyes in the form of fireworks; it has recently become a tradition in Yerevan…
January 6th – Armenian Christmas Epical Only in Armenia.
The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth (Sourp Tsnount) of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is celebrated through the “Blessing of Water” ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6.
On the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Jrakalouyts Divine Liturgy (the lighting of the lamps service) celebrates the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (theophany). It is custom for the faithful to hold lit candles during this special service.
People usually bring the consecrated candles home, bringing the Light of Christ into each and every home.
January 28th – Army Day
January 28 is celebrated in Armenia as Army Day.
On that day in 1992, the Government of Armenia adopted the decision to form the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, and this became the beginning of the formation of the Armenian Armed Forces.
The first phase for the formation of the Armenian army is considered to be from 1988 to 1992, when there was a challenge of ensuring the safety of the people of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. At the time, volunteer detachments were carrying out this task.
In September 1990, the Supreme Council of Armenia adopted a decision on forming a Special Regiment within the Internal Affairs Ministry of the time, and on May 4, 1991, the Committee of Defense was formed, with the Government’s decision.
On this day there are a series of events to mark Army Day.
March 8th – International Women’s Day
Spring by its colors and freshness fills our hearts and souls with new hopes, warmth and great expectations of life. One of the most beautiful holidays is one which is celebrated in March, the international day of women. This day is especially enjoyed by girls and women who look forward to this holiday impatiently.
Sourced as a day of protection of working women’s rights and then being declared as women’s national day in different countries now this women’s international holiday is solemnly celebrated all over the world. The holiday of women has been celebrated since the times of Ancient Rome. In Armenia the 8th of March has been officially celebrated since 1921.
April 7th – Motherhood and Beauty Day
Motherhood and Beauty Day is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7.
It comes not long after another national holiday, Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women’s Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers.
On this occasion, the unique qualities and beauty of each mother are to be appreciated. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one’s mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday.
In the Armenian Apostolic Church’s calendar, it is marked as the Day of Annunciation of the Holy Mother of God (Asdvadzadzin). All the churches throughout Armenia celebrate Divine Liturgy this day to commemorate.
According to the Bible, Archangel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth on this day to foretell the birth of Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary.
The concept of motherhood has always had an innermost value for mankind. The Armenian woman has culturally used the Virgin Mary’s image, as a rule of measure in modesty, morality, honesty, devotion, exceptional character and love for her husband and family with the purity specific to the holy Mother of God. (Luke 1:26-38)
May 1st – International Workers’ Day
Armenia and more than 140 countries throughout the world, celebrate Labor Day on May 1st or International Workers’ Solidarity Day. In many of the other countries, the public holiday marks the spring festival (May Day). May Day, which usually occurs on May 1 in many countries, stems from ancient customs associated with the celebration of spring. It is also a national holiday for workers in many countries around the world. This is a National Holiday in Armenia.
May 9th – Victory and Peace Day
May 9th is the official Armenian holiday – the Victory and Peace Day.
This holiday is in celebration of the heroic deeds of our fathers and grandfathers, for years. This victory celebrates long-awaited peace to Armenia, which has endured so much tragedy. These victories opened new doors for progress; it opened new horizons for bringing up an educated and healthy young generation – a generation which is true to the vows of its forefathers and which will build a new Armenia.
For the Armenian nation, the World War II was the Great Patriotic War.
May 9, 1992 once again became a symbol – this time of the Armenian triumph, the symbol of resolve and immortality.
Armenians are celebrating wholeheartedly the glorious victory; this is victory of good over evil and barbarity. With the liberation of the historical capital of Artsakh – Shushi, the Armenian soldier has become a new perception and a new factor. Those, who stepped into immortality on the battlefield, carry on with their great mission as moral and political force.
May 28th – First Republic Day
The Armenian regular military forces and volunteers defeated the Turkish troops, in May 1918, and thus prevented the latter’s invasion of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan.
This triumph enabled the Armenian people to restore their statehood, which was lost centuries ago.
Years ago, it is on this day, that the Armenian National Council declared, in Tbilisi, Armenia’s independence and the creation of the First Republic of Armenia.
The May 28 celebrations in Armenia are traditionally held at the Sardarapat Memorial, which eternalizes the memory of the Armenian heroes who prevented a Turkish invasion of Armenia in 1918.
June 1st – Children’s Day
Yerevan actively celebrates International Children’s Day on June 1 every year.
There are always extended lists of June 1-related events for this beautiful day. Most of them are organized in downtown Yerevan. In particular, a Dream City festival and exhibition is staged on Northern Avenue offering a circus environment and puppet shows, song and dance, as well as other cultural, sport and entertainment programs.
July 5th – Constitution Day
Armenia celebrates Constitution Day on July 5.
On July 5, 1995 the citizens of the republic voted for the adoption of the Constitution of independent Armenia, thus expressing Armenians will, to live in a free and democratic state, where power is vested in its citizens, who exercise it directly through the election of government representatives.
September 21st – Independence Day
In Armenia, Independence Day is an official holiday. Armenian Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the Second Republic of Armenia. Founded on September 21, 1991, after 70 years of Soviet rule, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Armenia celebrates its anniversary every year.
The 21st of September is a time for the Red, Blue and Orange. A time for Parades and Marching Bands and “Bombs Bursting in Air.”
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
The day of New Year’s Eve – Every year December 31st is very special because it’s the end of the year and the beginning of a new year. It is also the time to make the last preparation before welcoming in the New Year with all its colors and beauty, celebration and hospitality with a lot of eating, drinking, visiting and hosting each other.
April 24th – The Remembrance Day of the Armenian Genocide
Since the 1920’s, April 24th, is the day which Armenians commemorate the victims of Armenian Genocide, the most tragic part of 0rmenian history.
On April 24, 1915 hundreds of Armenian Intellectuals: poets, musicians, publicists, editors, lawyers, doctors, deputies, were arrested in Constantinople under warrants issued by the Turkish authorities. They were all sent into exile and were horrifically slaughtered. The annihilation of the Armenian Intellectuals was the continuation of part of a systematic, fiendish plan to exterminate the Armenian people in their homeland. It was the first state-planned Genocide of the 20th century.
On April 24, 1965 Soviet Armenians organized rallies to demand the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, thus, breaking an era of silence that was created during the Soviet rule regarding this issue.
Every year, a mourning procession of hundreds of thousands of Armenians, which includes local Armenians as well as Diasporans, beginning in a silent march that moves to the Armenian Genocide Memorial on April 24. As each mourner brings flowers to place around the eternal fire, a sea of flowers can be seen encircling the area creating a solemn visual impact.
December 7th – The Remembrance Day of 1988 Earthquake
This day is in commemoration of the Spitak Earthquake victims. The 1988 Armenian earthquake, also known as the Spitak earthquake occurred in the northern region of Armenia on Wednesday, December 7, 1988 at 11:41 local time (07:41 UTC).
The small city of Spitak was destroyed, while the nearby cities of Leninakan (later known as Gyumri) and Kirovakan (later known as Vanadzor) sustained a lot of destruction as well. The quake also caused damage to many surrounding villages. More than 25,000 people were killed partially due to old and poorly built structures. The day remains fresh in the memory of survivors and is remembered in the Armenia history books.
Even with significant help from foreign countries pouring in to help the Armenian region of Spitak, the rebuilding of the cities has been slow, and some are still in the process of being rebuilt today. Not only did the earthquake leave deep wounds in the geographic region, but it also scarred the lives of many families.
The disaster zone is still in the process of recovering. There are still about 4000 homeless families in Gyumri. The day is remembered with sorrow.