Armenian Festivals every travellers must experience

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If you are in the mood for something exotic, Armenia should be your next destination. Located in Western Asia between Turkey, Georgia, and Iran, the country has a long ancient history and culture. Celebrating  Armenian festivals is a way for the people to connect their past with their future. Traditional food, music, and dances are the main curiosity on every Armenian festival. The best way to explore the
the country is to explore its festivals.

Snowman festival

 

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The Snowman festival is a two-day Armenian festival celebrated in Jermuk city. Amateurs and professionals make ice sculptures. The music and dance shows create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy winter sports like ice skating. The Winter Cold Party marks the end of the festival by creating a memorable experience full of wine and dances around the campfire.

Barekendan fest

 

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Every country has a way to celebrate the beginning of the spring. For Armenia, this is the Barekendan fest. Its date is changing every year as the Armenian Apostolic Church announces it. Nevertheless, it’s always celebrated before the beginning of Lent which is a fasting period. This makes the festival a forty-eight-hour feast. Another curious thing is the mask. Wearing Masks, folk songs, dances, and most importantly, a joyful atmosphere is a part of their old tradition, all can be found at the Barekendan festival. Happiness and heavenly life are among the reasons why people celebrate. It is also believed that the festival helps people continue their life in a better way.

Dolma fest

 

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Dolma Fest is a festival which Armenian believes is to capture the spirit within yourself. There is also a specific dish that has at least 50 different variations in Armenian cuisine which is the center point of the Fest. The Dolma festival was first held a few years ago in 2011 as people want to popularize it but also deny the opinions about dolma’s Turkish origin. Each year something amazing happens at the festival. In 2017  they created the longest dolma in the world- 60 meters. The festival begins on 19th May in Hhnaberd, Ararat.

Sheep Shearing festival

 

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The Sheep Shearing festival greets foreigners with Armenians traditions and customs. The idea behind it is to promote tourism in the more distant and unexplored parts of the country but also to preserve the local customs and the way of living. This is why it is held in the territory of Syunik Animal market which is located in Khot village. Expects for lots of traditional music and food, there you can find a sheep shredding competition which is probably the most interesting and peculiar thing as today this comes in rare sight.

Taraza Fest

 

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Summer festival begins on 27th June which takes places in the Armenian capital- Yerevan. Taraza Fest on first sight, it is nothing different but it actually represents a mixture of old and new. The main attraction is the traditional Armenian costumes. where young designers take part in the festival with their designs inspirited by Armenian culture. The heritage of ancient Armenian is preserved nowadays thanks to this innovative and modern way.

Vardavar

 

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Although Armenians have quite a lot of summer festivals the best and the weirdest one is most likely Vardavar. It is actually a game Armenians like to play in hot summer days. People drench each other with water. It is also common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies onto pedestrians below. So if water games excite you, then you must be in Armenia during Vardavar Festival.

Gata Festival

 

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As food has a special place in Armenian culture, that is why the next big festival is dedicated to food. Gata festival is held every year on 21st September in honor of the traditional Armenian dessert named Gata. It looks like a sweet bun or a flatbread. The reason it has its own festival in the making process which is kept as secret. As we consider it is a great reason to visit and taste in firsthand.

Life festival

 

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The last autumn festival that we are going to talk about is 1000 years of village life festival. It is all about rural traditions and lifestyle and it allows the visitors to get familiar with the old ways of living. They spend there whole day with there family in a village house and participate in the day to day activities as bee-keeping, wool processing, and carpet weaving. The atmosphere helps the participants dive in the culture and experience the life of their ancestors.

 

Travelling doesn’t mean visiting beaches and historical places, it can be even better experienced when you visit Places in the festive season.

 

                                      Bon, Voyage and get there safe!

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