Happy New Year 2020 and Merry Christmas to all the people in the world!
Have you noticed the little word order change in the first sentence? That’s not a mistake. Armenians celebrate New Year on the 1st of January, then Christmas on 6th of January. Join this miraculous voyage to explore marvelous Armenian New Year and Christmas celebration traditions.
Happy New Year!
The preparation for the New Year celebration usually starts at mid-November in Armenia. Families get together to discuss what they are going to cook for the wealthy New Year celebration table. Everything is discussed in micro details. The table should be filled with all kinds of delicious food to please the guests of any taste. Anyway, there are some “must have” dishes that embellish the laid table.
In the center of attention is a huge leg of pork, then comes Armenian dolma, pasuts dolma (the vegetarian version of beef dolma, made of all sorts of seeds and grains), turkey, chicken, fish, pancake rolled with spicy meat called blinchik, all kinds of salads, kufta and ishli kufta, a few hundred liters of natural juices and mineral waters, plus the dignity of all Armenian men cognac, vodka, wine, champagne and so on and so forth. The New Year starts at midnight of the 31st of December. Members of the families congratulate each other and then starts another Armenian tradition.
Visiting relatives & friends!
After celebrating and wishing happy New Year to each other Armenians start to visit their neighbors, relatives and friends. Yes! Starting from midnight. They start with the most honorable once (their parents or godfather and godmother) and then following week they go on visiting their relatives and friends. This tradition comes from the depth of centuries, then at the New Year night teenagers went from door to door with a candle in their arms bringing light to every family and collecting fruits and nuts. Today Armenians gift a box of chocolates and an alcoholic drink and some sweets and toys to the hosts and their children. New Year is a peachy chance to visit all your far and near relatives and friends whom you haven’t seen for a long time.