ARM   RUS   ENG

August 11 marks Navasard, ancient Armenian New Year

In pagan Armenia the New Year was celebrated on August 11. The feast was called Navasard.

Ancient sources bear out that Navasard-New Year was adorned with solemn and splendid festivities, which lasted several days. There were carnivals, cavalcades, various games with participation of the king, noblemen and plain folk. Various open-air celebrations were often held at night around the fire at holy shrines.

Many legends have been told about this most beloved feast; it is said that on this very day our forefather Hayk had a stunning victory over his enemy Bel and gave start to the history of Armenians. It was also believed that this day Noah’s Arc landed on the peak of Mount Ararat, and so the yearly celebrations of Navasard-New Year were to reconfirm the beginning of the new era of humanity.

After the adoption of Christianity in Armenia this feast, along with many others, was officially reformed. The pagan temples were destroyed, the known celebrations and pilgrimages were forbidden. Navasard found its place neither in the church nor in civic calendar, but the people didn’t forget their tradition and they kept celebrating it for many centuries.

 

 

11.08.2012, 12:53

Aysor.am

In case you have found a mistake in the text, please send a message to the editor by selecting the mistake and pressing Ctrl-Enter.
Share |






Newsline

20:17 • 20/10, NKR president offers condolences to OSCE MG US Co-chair J. Warlick

20:16 • 20/10, Galust Sahakyan: Unfortunately nobody expresses intention to be scientist

20:00 • 20/10, Galust Sahakyan: There are no political prisoners in Armenia

19:45 • 20/10, Europe 'will fail to protect climate'

19:29 • 20/10, Sugary drinks could age the body as much as smoking

19:08 • 20/10, Bus accident kills 20 in Bangladesh, leaves 30 injured

18:50 • 20/10, Armenian prime minister meets with foreign minister of Iran

18:21 • 20/10, R. Petrosyan: Reforms are aimed at improving government system

18:05 • 20/10, Eshaq Jahangiri: Armenian-Iranian relations may serve as an example

17:42 • 20/10, Drunk woman mistakes jail for bar, gets arrested

17:10 • 20/10, Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight

16:50 • 20/10, Second royal baby due in April

16:11 • 20/10, Autumn school holidays start in Armenia

15:47 • 20/10, 2 African countries freed of Ebola

15:25 • 20/10, Republicans lead in local government elections

14:53 • 20/10, Number of students with right to tuition fee reimbursement clarified

13:56 • 20/10, Why eating your lunch at your desk can make you fat

13:23 • 20/10, Temperatures dropped by 4-5 degrees

13:10 • 20/10, NATO’s REGEX 14 exercise with 12 partner countries to kick off in Turkey

12:33 • 20/10, Ancient Scottish fish 'first to have sex'

12:13 • 20/10, NKR president and Heritage party leader visit republic’s south

11:55 • 20/10, Armenian prime minister to travel to Iran today

11:38 • 20/10, Japanese trade and industry minister quits

11:15 • 20/10, Ebola crisis: Spanish nurse tests negative for virus

10:57 • 20/10, EU foreign chiefs to talk on Ukraine, Ebola, IS in Luxembourg Monday

10:38 • 20/10, US airdrops arms, medical aid for Kurdish defenders in Kobani

10:19 • 20/10, Crowds walk out on Obama’s campaign speech in Maryland

10:00 • 20/10, New Hampshire Pumpkin festival ends in riot