If you ask Armenians what are some of the country’s famous symbols, pomegranate will definitely be on the list. It has been involved in Armenia’s history line for so many aspects: mythology, art, food, drinks and so much more.
So, what is it that makes pomegranate so special for Armenia?
Besides being delicious just by itself (we’ll get to the food and drink part later), pomegranate represents fertility and prosperity. Historically, the newlyweds were given a scattered pomegranate to have many children during their lives together.
The fruit is also famous in other aspects of Armenian mythology. It is said that the pomegranate contains 365-366 seeds which are equivalent to the days of the year. Hence, the fruit is celebrated as a symbol of life. Because of its health benefits, it is also believed that pomegranate keeps us out from the evil spirits.
Perhaps the most famous movie with the pomegranate is Sergey Parajanov’s masterpiece “The Color of Pomegranate”, displaying Armenia’s undefeatable soul.
The fruit can be seen in countless paintings of famous Armenian artists. It is a muse for many until this day. One famous work is by a beloved artist Martiros Saryan who showed this symbolic fruit in his famous painting “Under Pomegranate Tree”.
Armenian Manuscripts dating back to sixth or seventh century contained pomegranate in their illustrations for religious connotations of Christianity and the blood of Christ.
To this day, pomegranates can be found anywhere in Armenian markets in any form: necklace, painting, house souvenir, ceramics, and so much more. Even the official logo of the State Tourism Committee in Armenia contains pomegranate in it – so the fruit is basically our symbol for promoting tourism of the country.
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