Armenia’s Official Holidays and Commemorative Days

Armenia’s Official Holidays and Commemorative Days

Armenia, a country rich in history and culture, celebrates a variety of national holidays and memorable days throughout the year. From traditional celebrations to historical commemorations, these occasions hold significance for the people of Armenia.

The calendar kicks off with the festive spirit of New Year from December 31st to January 2nd, marked by family gatherings, gift exchanges, and lively celebrations. This is followed by Christmas on January 6th, a day of religious significance for the Armenian Apostolic Church, with special liturgies and blessings.

January 28th is dedicated to Army Day, honoring the establishment of the Armenian army in 1992. On March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated with flowers and tokens of appreciation for the women in society.

April brings The Holiday of Maternity and Beauty on the 7th, emphasizing the importance of motherhood and the blessing of mothers. April 24th is a solemn occasion, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the 1915 Genocide, when the Armenian people pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

May is marked by Labor Day on the 1st, and the Day of “Yerkrapah” on the 8th, commemorating the liberation of Shushi. May 9th is Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, a day to honor the contributions of Armenians in the fight against Nazi invaders.

May 28th holds special significance as First Republic Day, celebrating the re-establishment of Armenian independence in 1918. June 1st is International Children’s Day, a day dedicated to the youngest members of society.

July 5th is Constitution Day, recognizing the adoption of the Armenian Constitution in 1995. September 1st marks Knowledge Day, the start of the new school year. Independence Day is celebrated on September 21st, marking Armenia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The second Saturday of October is dedicated to The Day of Yerevan, honoring the ancient capital city. Finally, December 7th is a day of remembrance for the victims of the 1988 earthquake that devastated Armenia.

These official holidays and memorable days in Armenia reflect the diverse cultural and historical tapestry of the country, providing opportunities for both celebration and reflection throughout the year.

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