ACTIVE REST IN ARMENIA IN WINTER AND MOUNTAIN SKI RESORTS



Armenia is not in vain called a land of sun. The number of sunny days per year reaches to 250 days in the Ararat valley. On average, the amount of sunshine duration is up to 58%, and in a warm period the duration of sunshine is annually 82-87%. This is because it is located in the subtropical zone.
Armenia is a mountainous country
It is also known that Armenia is a mountainous country. Therefore, in its territory there is not only a subtropical climate, but also a continental and a temperate. In Yerevan and throughout the Ararat valley, the climate is dry continental with hot summers, moderately cold winters with little snow. In the lowlands, near the north and east of the Ararat valley, the climate is moderately dry, with warm summers and moderately cold winters. In the midlands of the central part of the country, at altitudes of 1500–1800 m, the climate is temperate, with warm summers and cold winters. In the northeast of the country (Tavush) and the southeast of Meghri at altitudes less than 1000m, the climate is dry subtropical. Here summer is long and hot and winter is mild, with little snow or snowless. At altitudes of 1800-3000 m, the climate is moderately cold, humid, and the average annual rainfall is 800-900 mm.

NATIONAL ARMY DAY 2019 IN ARMENIA


Annually, on January 28, Armenia celebrates the public holiday of all the servicemen of the Armenian armed forces: this interesting holiday is known as Armenian Army Day.

NATIONAL ARMY DAY: HISTORY


In 1991, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, the State Committee of Defense was established and on December 5, by the order of the President of the Republic of Armenia, Vazgen Sargsyan became the Minister of Defense.

Christmas in Armenia



Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. The most heartwarming time with family and friends is coming. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It is a time of healing and renewed strength. This holiday of great joy is celebrated in various parts of the world differently. Let’s have a look at the Christmas traditions in one of the ancient countries of the world- Armenia.

Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Christ’s Nativity and Baptism on January 6th with solemn ceremonies. 
But in the whole world Christmas is celebrated on various days because of differences in Julian and Gregorian calendars.
 All Christian churches celebrated Christ’s birth on January 6th until the 4th century when the date was changed to December 25 by the Roman Empire. 
Catholic Church celebrates Christmas on December 25 according to the Julian calendar and the Orthodox Church celebrates it on January 7 according to the Gregorian calendar. Being the first country to accept Christianity, Armenia has preserved the first day chosen for Christmas: it is celebrated on the 6th of January and is the feast of the birth and revelation of the Jesus Christ
Armenia also preserved the original form of the feast, commemorating not only the birth but also the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan on January 6th.

New Year in Armenia





The most wonderful time of the year is coming and it is a great time to think about discovering something new and interesting. 

New Year tours to Armenia are a wonderful opportunity for you to celebrate the main event of 2018 and 2019 in a new environment, to experience new traditions of New Year and Christmas and to enjoy the hospitality of Armenians. 

It is the most cheerful, significant and beautiful event in Armenia, which gives faith in the aspirations, hopes for positive change and high expectations for the coming year.



GARNI ATTRACTIONS – SYMPHONY OF STONES, GARNI



Garni Gorge is very popular among tourists visiting this place to see the natural rocks of amazing beauty, which are known as the “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt organ”.

The rocks have the appearance of long vertical pillars of hexagonal shape, which is associated with the church organ. Huge stone pillars are located at a height of about 50 meters above the ground.

Armenian cuisine - a real treat for any gourmet.



Armenia is a country of hot summer sun, mountain rivers and rocky soils. Maybe this is the exact secret combination of factors that makes everything growing in this land so delicious and full of life. The country truly boasts not only rich culture and hospitable people but also authentic cuisine with abundant choice of delicacies for every taste. The cuisine here is so rich and various, that it will satisfy the tastes and preferences of any tourist. Even the most rigorous gourmets won’t remain indifferent. Armenian food  is the most ancient in the Caucasus region. It formed about 2000 years ago. Well-developed stock raising in the Armenian highlands led to a variety of meat and dairy products, and the early appearance of agriculture explains the extensive use of grains, vegetables and herbs. It is hard to imagine Armenian meals without these products. But you may wonder what distinguishes Armenian dishes from others. First and foremost, Armenian food has quite juicy and spicy taste. One of the features of Armenian cuisine is a great number of greengrocery and spices in preparation of dishes. Armenian cooks use 300 kinds of wild-growing grasses and flowers which are used as seasonings or even as basic dishes. The surprising fact is that Armenian cuisine practically does not use fats. The majority of dishes are cooked in drawn butter. It is used for soups, stewing and roasting of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables as well as sweet dishes. Armenians value the naturalness of taste. Meat is traditionally not fried and cut in large chunks. It is boiled, stewed or baked. It’s safe to say the meat is a key component of the Armenian cuisine. Yes, Armenians love meat! But don’t worry vegetarians, you can also find many outstanding and delicious Armenian dishes for you. All these features make Armenian dishes unique, unrivaled, delicious and fragrant – a real treat for any gourmet and connoisseur of true culinary traditions.We’ve compiled some of the best Armenian dishes you need to try once in Armenia.