Saturday, September 18, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Armenia

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In their manners and lifestyle, Armenians are similar to other Europeans, although on the more traditional end of the spectrum in certain respects.

Feel free to talk about the Karabakh conflict and its resolution in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Unlike in Azerbaijan, it is not a delicate issue that must be avoided.

Turkey continues to deny the Armenian Genocide, in which up to 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Young Turk government during World War One. If you questioned whether it occurred, you would most likely be labeled stupid or impolite. Visit the exhibit at the ‘Tsitsernakaberd’ Genocide Memorial to learn more about the Armenian Genocide.

Many Armenians feel that Russian authority rescued their country from total annihilation at the hands of the Turks, and many Armenians are Slavophiles. Unlike in several other post-communist nations, Armenians don’t object if you talk to them in Russian.

On public transportation, it is quite customary to give up your seat for an older person. Men will usually give up their seat to women as well. It is also regarded courteous to allow women board the bus or train first, or to enter a room first, and the “ladies first” norm is essential.

Both men and women are expected to dress modestly while visiting churches (i.e. no shorts, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts/tops, etc.), but most churches do not say anything to visitors passing by. Because admission is free, lighting a candle is a lovely, but entirely optional, gesture. When visiting a church, you should always speak softly.