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How Christmas is Celebrated in Armenia

December 25, 2010

Armenian Apostolic Church still uses the old Julian Calendar to celebrate the Birth of Christ. Armenians thought that the change of the calendar does not change the date of birth of Jesus Christ, hence Christmas is celebrated on January 6th.

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.

Some people do celebrate December 25th, not as Christmas but as Soorb Stepanos Day (St Steven’s day).

Santa Claus (Dzmer Pap) traditionally comes on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) because Christmas Day itself is thought of as more of a religious holiday in Armenia.

In Armenian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Shnorhavor Soorb Tsnund’ (which means ‘Congratulations for the Holy Birth’).

At the beginning of December, a big Christmas Tree (Tonatsar) is put up in Republic Square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Every house is well decorated with Christmas tree and lights. Under the Christmas tree there is always a small Santa and Snow Maiden along with presents.

Favourite and traditional Holiday foods in Armenia include Anooshaboor (Armenian Christmas Pudding), Khozee bood (glazed ham) and chir (dried fruits). Every house is ready with lots of food and sweets because anyone might knock on the door and come in for a party! The New Year celebration parties last for 4-5-6 days, depending on how big family and friends’ circle one has. No one is left without a party or a present.

On Christmas Day (Jan 6) Armenians have traditional religious food, that includes rice and fish, bread and wine.

Here is an Armenian Children’s song about Christmas Tree (well, the cover).


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  1. Lilit permalink

    I couldn’t remember which one is Anooshaboor. and you forgot about “tpov tolma” and “xsmatov gata”:D
    In addition to this all I want you to remember about some entertainments, for example, throwing a mule to the door 😀

  2. Գայանե permalink

    Տաթև ջան , շնորհավորում եմ Սուրբ Ծնունդը / իհարկե ԱՄՆ-ի տարեգրով/:
    Դու ինձ նորից հիշեցրեցիր ձեր աշխույժ և համով մանկությունը………….

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