Armenia is a beautifully resilient country. After declared independence in 1918, it was taken over by the Soviet Union for the next 70 years. It was not until 1991 when they claimed their renewed independence!
With that, the Armenian people have some very special celebrations which come to light in their culture. They highlight lore and sometimes magical traditions. One of my favorites is Ascension Day, or Hambartsum. One of my favorite parts about this event is the following description:
At midnight nature finds the gift of speech, the water is still for a second; the ...more