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Christmas & new year

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Christmas & new year

  1. 1. The Armenian Christmas and New Year
  2. 2. The Armenian Apostolic church uses the Julian Calendar and celebrates Christmas on January 6th. The Fast of Holy Nativity starts on the evening of December 29th and ends on the Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, most Armenians lay lavish tables on New Year‟s Eve and celebrate with a lot of food. Khozi bood (glazed ham) and lots of meat products leave little chance for the believers determined to fast. New Year‟s Eve and the following 3 days are a period of paying courtesy visits to relatives, respected friends and seating at the table and tasting the plentiful food. The table looks like this:
  3. 3. The common types of dishes for the New Year's table is dolma, salads, basturma and sudjukh... of desserts- dried fruits, gata the Armenian paxlava
  4. 4. The Christmas holiday season starts on New Year‟s Eve (December 31st) and continues until the old Julian calendar‟s New Year‟s Eve on January 13th. Christmas Day itself is more of a religious holiday in Armenia, so the feasts of New Year‟s Eve are not really seen as appropriate. The day‟s traditional food is harisa, fish and red wine. With all of this confusion, New Year becomes Armenia‟s favorite holiday, while the real Holy Day – the day of Christmas, pales and becomes something of a complimentary holiday.
  5. 5. On New Year‟s Eve we put up a Tonatsar (Christmas tree), prepare gifts for our children, because Dzmer Pap (or Kaghand Pap, otherwise known as Santa Clause) with Dzyunanushik (Snow-white, Santa Clause‟s granddaughter) comes to Armenia on New Year‟s Eve, not on Christmas.
  6. 6. The root of the problem lies in our Soviet heritage. The Communists, who were atheists in their beliefs, fought fiercely against Christianity for 70 years. This included forbidding Christm as and encouraging lavish celebration of New Year as a replacement. Now, 20 years after Soviets are gone, we still see the impact.
  7. 7. “Shnorhavor Soorb Tsnund” it means : „Congratulations for the Holy Birth‟. Christ is Born and Revealed Great Tidings to you and us! Let this year be full of blessings and joy for all of us!
  8. 8. Thanks for your attention!!!