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TRADITIONS

Armenia has managed to keep the true spiritual riches that are religion, culture and national traditions of many centuries that they comply strictly with joy and sadness. Today these traditions are kept constant: the strength of marriage, respect for elders, the strength and breadth of relationships, the custom of mutual assistance of relatives and neighbors, hospitality.
  Marriage among the Armenians is a big celebration. This important event is preceded by agreement, engagement and wedding. Today wedding ceremony is not accompanied by the so called "Seven Days, Seven Nights" wedding party. Yet, this is how we were organizing weddings. The whole village attended. During the wedding ceremony Armenian witnesses were and are "the godfather and godmother." For this role, we choose a virtuous family that can serve as a good sample for the new family. The godfather and his wife take responsibility for the formation of the new family. The godfather must make an expensive gift for the newlyweds. There is a special rite for the presentation of the wedding gift. Parents of the bridegroom and the bride as well as the guests give the newlyweds jewelry, household equipments or money. Marriage is accompanied by a number of various rites. At the wedding ceremony the bride is given a male child to hold, so that the firstborn were a boy. The next morning, the female representatives of the husband's family bring red apples to the bride's family. The red apple is the symbol of virginity.

  Traditionally (especially in villages) there are many children in the Armenian families. The birth of the child is a blessing, s/he is always expected. And the birth of a son is a double blessing. No one is allowed to see the newborn baby in 40 days after the birth except the family members and the close relatives.