MARRIAGE

The marriage for the Armenians is special and somehow mysterious. The Armenians look for their second halves with care and thoroughly .It is important the spouse /female or male/ to be phisically and psycologically perfect, the most important is intellect. The spouse should be intelligent and educated.The spouses' parents carefully examine the bride or the bridegroom.Then the bride and the bridegroom start to get acquainted with each other , and after that the day of the wedding party is fixed.

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WINE

The wine has a 9000-year-old history in the Armenian Highland. It was considered a unique beverage for the gods and kings in Armenia. To compress the grape in the winepress was a ritual the right of which was only for the men. It was supposed that the wine which was pressed by the women become vinegar very easily.

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DOLMA

Dolma with the leaves of the grape: the leaves of the grape-vine are gathered, wrapped together in a special way and are kept till the autumn. And it is sold in a ready-form in autumn.The famous Armenian ''dolma'' is prepared using the grape leaves which are kept in a special way. Dolma has been known since Urartian periods.

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FAMILY TRADITIONS

In the ancient times mastering carpet weaving was a must for each Armenian woman. A girl was preapering to get married from the early ages. She should have known both carpet weaving and sewing. The dowry was bride's handmade work. Generally, master gave the style of the carpet and the young girls weaved it.

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ZHINGYALOV HATS

Zhingyalov hats is considered a traditional Artsakh dish. It is especially well prepаred by the Artsakh Armenians. The dish consists of a dough and a plant called zhingyal which is grown only in Artsakh. Armenian women gather zhingyal the season of which starts from May till the end of summer.

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KHASH

Traditional Armenian and one can say exclusively Armenian dish. Armenians have been eating 'khash' from the early times. At first it was ' the poors' dish' but later on it gradually became a national one. And even the process of ' khash eating' includes the idea of pride, dignity and also the respect to the guests. Khash is not eaten alone, it isn't an individual dish. Hardly anyone can find an Arminian who eats khash alone.

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ARIES

Aries has been a saint animal for all the times in Armenia. And today the aries is worshiped by the Armenians because it is the only oblation animal in Armenia. The walls of pre-Christian and Christian armenian temples have always been portrayed the heads of aries/ram/.

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ARMENIAN MAN

The head of the Armenian family is Armenian man, the defender and the 'legislator' of it. He never deals with the inner affairs of the family/ it is considered to be shameful/. He is a soldier, the symbol of strength and wisdom. The most difficult affair is entrusted to only the Armenian man. He must build a house and protect it.

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ARMENIAN BREAD- LAVASH

Armenia is in the geographical zone known as 'Golden Bow' for its ancient traditions of baking bread. That is why bread plays a very important role in our nation's menu. And the psychology of our people is even very interesting because we say not 'to have supper', 'to have breakfast',' to have dinner', etc., but just to "eat bread."

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HARISSA

Harissa is a tipical national dish in Armenia but meanwhile it is prepared in a special way in each district of Armenia. It is made of wheat. At first the wheat is steamed and dried, after that it is beaten with a special tool which is called 'zing'. Then the wheat is husked after which it is tured into groats. Harissa is being made in such a way: you take groats and meat/ the meat must be only chicken one/ and cook till the meat and the groats merge into the water.

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АRMENIAN LANGUAGE

The Armenian language is one of the most ancient languages in the world that have been used for already 4500 years. It is an Indo-European language and it forms its own separate branch in that family. Armenian is spoken by 10 million Armenians, among whom 3.2 million in Armenia. Generally, there is an opinion among the linguists that the Armenian language is the second one after the French language by its luxury. Armenian has 120 thousand roots which enables to do translations from any language into Armenian perfectly.

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FUNERAL

Armenians bury their deceaseds in the earth/they don't cremate/. The funeral ritual has been conserved and passed from generation to generation from the ancient times. If in the ancient times the deceased was buried in a stone sarcophagus-mausoleum from tufa, after adopting christianity the deceased was buried in a wooden coffin. The ancient funerals were rich providing the deceased with all necessery things in afterlife.

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ARMENIANS

In general, Armenians are proud by nature, independent, respectable and also spirited, with high intelect, traditionalists. By appearance the Armenian men are mddle-height, handsome, with the specific features typical to Caucasian race, with black hair and brown eyes and Armenian women are slim with 'almond shaped' eyes.

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MATSUN

Matzoon/or strained matzoon/ is one of the useful meals of Armenian cuisine which is the basis of longlivity. Of course, different scientists have their proofs about the usefulness of matzoon. But the best proof about the usefulness of this meal is the good health of our grandpas and grandmas. By the way, it should be mentioned, that Armenian 'tan'/kind of yogurt drink/ with its magnificent scent is made of matzoon.

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