Astghik and Vardavar, the Festival of Roses

Have you guys ever had the opportunity to be in Armenia during the Vardavar festival? I had the chance to be there this summer and attend it for the first time, and even though my family had told me about it, I would have never imagined how huge of an event it is in Yerevan! Vardavar is a one-day festival that takes place 98 days after Easter every July in Armenia, and people celebrate it by literally drenching each other with buckets of water. Whether you want to participate or explicitly refuse to, it doesn’t matter, as soon as you take a step outdoors during this day, you will end up soaking wet! Family, friends or even strangers will throw water at you, and the only way to remain dry is to either cancel all your plans during that day, or take a day trip somewhere calmer. In Yerevan’s center, hundreds of people dive into the Swan Lake or in the fountains of the Republic Square to play and refresh each other under the unbearable Yerevan summer heat. Even firefighters stand on their trucks and drench the passerby with their fire hose, and don’t think you are safe in your car, you will have to make sure all your windows are totally closed or you will be an easy target for the group of kids or young adults around you. If you want to have an idea of the scale of Vardavar, take a look at this video. Continue reading “Astghik and Vardavar, the Festival of Roses”

Anahit: Armenian goddess of healing and wisdom

In Pre-Christian Armenian mythology, Anahit was the goddess of fertility, healing, wisdom and water. Together with her father Aramazd, chief and creator god (equivalent of Zeus), she was the main deity in Armenia by the 5th century BC.

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Armenian goddess Anahit by @anahitoferebuni

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