Have you ever thought about traveling to Armenia? Or even just need a better insight about the cultural and lifestyle amongst the Armenian people? Well look no further, all of the information you could ever possibly need is here. Armenian tradition is both sacred and an important component when traveling, researching, or understanding the root of the preservation in the culture. In this post, birth and death in Armenia will be discussed and give insight to more of the lifestyle and tradition.
In the United States families can range from small to large, and almost half have garage doors needing repair or attention, however we have seen an increase of larger families in the past decade, and like the United States, bringing new life into the world is a highly celebrated success. Having a large family in Armenia is very important and considered a requirement to continue the miracle of life. A relative or a friend will receive a symbolic hand gesture on the hand while being told ““tarose kes” (“I pass it to you”), in good faith that they too will have a happy and healthy baby to extend their family; and life in general. Although baby boys are more highly anticipated and celebrated more, girls are also given a slight favoritism as well. Fertility and growth is very important and common in the Armenian culture. The babies are only aloud to be seen by family, it is only 40 days later in which he or she may be revealed to the rest of the public.
With life and birth always follows death. Armenia has a unique way of celebrating and remembering the lives of their loved ones. In the United States, Americans typically follow the tradition which may or may not involve religion. Without religion involved, consist of burying the body within a few days, with the funeral proceeding and usually a dinner in commerce of the passed individual. However, in Armenia their death is celebrated through ceremonies which is celebrated on the first day of the passing, the 7th, and finally the 40th day. Similarly to the celebration of birth in Armenia it is important as a tradition to remember the person, as they lived a fruitful and gracious life. Armenian funerals are usually very beautiful, spiritual, and held in churches as family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances gather together to celebrate the passing of life and death.
Now that you’ve discovered just two traditions amongst many traditions in Armenia, how do you celebrate life? What about death, and is it different or similar to Armenia? With birth being a beautiful component of life and even with the passing of life, Armenia knows how to truly represent the grace of life and death.