National Armenian dances are something that every Armenian is proud of. They are all full of tranquility, peace, joy, and love. Ver-veri or Ver-Veruk is one of the most beautiful and popular Armenian dances. It belongs to the two steps-forward/one step-back type of dances and is very easy to learn. The name Ver-veri indicates the mood of the dance — light, joyful and sometimes even humorous. In old Armenian this dance was called Verna par, which means “dance upwards.” Leaps and jumps are used quite often in Armenian dances. They symbolize the efforts of the dancers to have a magical impact on the fertility of the plants, birds, animals and humans. Ver-veri is usually performed in circles, either hand in hand or by holding each others’ shoulders, with handkerchiefs attached to their waists.

Vardavar; All you Need is a Bucket Full of Water:

As first nation in the world that adopted Christianity as an official religion, Armenians have a number of religious holidays that they celebrate all year round. Some are not that popular and few people know about them, others are celebrated nationwide, such as Easter and Christmas. And there are some holidays that belong to the “must-experience” group of holidays. The most popular one among them is Vardavar, when people pour water on each other.

Golden Apricot Festival and Armenian Apricot:

It started with the apricots blessing ceremony. Apricot is a symbolic and national fruit for Armenians. There are numerous songs devoted to this fruit. It’s amazingly delicious and sweet especially when grown in Armenia. Even its name in Latin is “prunus armeniaca”.

Dolma Armenian Summer Festival:

If you plan to visit Armenia, there are several traditional Armenian foods that you should taste by all means. Make sure to taste one of the most delicious and popular Armenian dishes called dolma. There are all kinds of dolmas: dolma with grape leaves, summer dolma, “pasuts” (fast) dolma, “sut” (fake) dolma.  The real dolma is made of grape leaves and Armenian women spend long time to prepare it.

Jermuk Ropeway; Bridge to the Miracles:

Jermuk has always been one of the most popular tourism destinations in Armenia. It is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful nature, healing mineral waters and sanitariums with different kinds of medical treatments and procedures. However, just like many other places in Armenia, Jermuk was also known mainly to Armenians. Fortunately there are people caring for the “well-being” of our natural treasures. In 2007 in the framework of a government-financed project a 1000 meter-long ropeway was constructed in Jermuk town.

Vahanavank; the Undiscovered Treasure:

Many people know Armenia by its highly popular tourist destinations – Sevan, Garni, Tatev, Noravank, Dilijan and some others. The thing is that many of still undiscovered or long-forgotten destinations are able to tell much more about the Armenian land, the Armenian people, culture and history. The latest “discovery” was the Vahanavank Monastery – the mysterious beauty leaning in the healing green Armenian forests.

Alaverdi, Sanahin and Haghpat:

Unlike the slick, newly opened cable-car in Tatev, the Alaverdi-Sanahin cable-car in Lori Marz is a daily commuter. Its windows are scratched and cloudy, its paint worn and the operator must step out at each stop to keep the car from swaying on its single carrying cable. But for a princely sum of 140 drams (~40 US cents) for a roundtrip, about 1/20th the price of the Tatev trip, the cable-car is an essential connection between the town of Sanahin and the mining city of Alaverdi located in the valley floor.

Taking in the Scenery in Vayots Dzor:

The best thing in Armenia for nature lovers is that the beauty of nature is everywhere. You don’t have to go to a specific spot to look at the beautiful surroundings but every view from everywhere is as beautiful, if not more as the other. The Armenian landscape never disappoints, no matter what the season or time of day.  I hope you will forgive my amateur enthusiasm and enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed watching them unfold.

Bagratashen:

The village of Bagratashen is located on the Armenian-Georgian border. The Debt river separates the two countries, with the border crossing just outside the village. Bagratashen was well-known by locals for the bustling foreign market which shut down 2 years ago, and its sunflower industry which still thrives. In summer months, fields of sunflowers decorate roads and pathways which provide for scenic flat-land hiking.
At one of the lowest altitudes in Armenia, Bagratashen is usually remarkably warmer than surrounding towns and villages. The border crossing has a hotel, ATM, cafe, and duty-free shop. Shops in the village have Ritz-like crackers which cannot be found anywhere but in larger cities in Armenia. The landscape and rock-formations is beautiful when travelling towards Vendor from Bagratashen.

What is Easter in Armenia?

Easter is tasteful and energetic, colorful, blossoming, because lent is over and spring joy enters. Armenia’s Easter is truly lively. It is a holiday one won’t stay home. Aspire, optimistic, buoyancy and hope gyrate in the air. Churches and streets are full of families, young people, and children. Aroma of incense and voices of praises emerge from the churches. Easter (in Armenian Zatik) is beloved and the most expected holiday in Armenia. Everybody in the streets, at home in friendly and family gatherings greets each other and says: “Christ has arisen”. The answer is “Blessed is the resurrection of Christ”.

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