Christmas Traditions in Armenia

Christmas in Armenia is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls on January 6th in Armenia. Here is how the country celebrates.

Decorations – A large tree is put up in the country’s capital, Yerevan, in early December.

Food – Fasting is a major part of the Armenian celebration period, as is custom through many Catholic based regions. Khetum is served on Christmas Eve, consisting of fish and rice, as well as chick peas and soup. Pudding, glazed ham and dried fruits are also popular dishes.

Christmas Eve – A specific dinner, khetum, is eaten on Christmas Eve.

Traditions – The holiday is actually celebrated on January 6th, which is also Epiphany Day, which is a holiday that is celebrated by many Catholic churches throughout the world. This is believed to be when the Wise Men visited Jesus, as well as in his adult life when he was baptized.

Santa – Santa in Armenia is known as Gaghant Baba or Kaghand Papa, and he brings gifts on December 31st, because they do view January 6th as a holy day.

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