Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas traditions: Armenia

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       Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. People celebrate Christmas all around the world, and they all celebrate it in the same way but also in different ways as well. They may have different beliefs on why they celebrate Christmas such as if it is the birth of Jesus Christ or maybe something else. They also may make different foods that may seem a little weird to us.
      Armenia also calls Christmas Noël, Nativity, Xmas or Yule. Santa Claus/Gaghant Baba / Kaghand Papa traditionally comes on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) because Christmas Day itself is thought of as more of a religious holiday in Armenia. People believed that the doors of other “worlds” would open on December 31 and that they could tell the future, and that could even be seen in the pastries. If it became too puffy, it would be a good year. Traditionally, Armenians fast during the week leading up to Christmas. Devout Armenians may even refrain from food for the three days leading up to the Christmas Eve in order to receive the Eucharist on a “pure” stomach.
       So no matter where you are from or how you celebrate Christmas, everyone knows that it is a time for giving and sharing, a time to come together and set aside our differences. Christmas is a time for loving and spreading the good cheer of Christmas to those who don’t know the true meaning of Christmas. ~ Austin Tyler



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