Fernando Pesoa once said: “I have no Philosophy, I have senses”. Whenever you enter Armenia, this should be your motto. The essence of this truth you will uncover through the beauty of Armenian sounds, views and tastes…

While lavishing in ancient history, we have plenty of cultural provisions as well: music, art, crafts, dance…

A list can be continued endlessly…

Armenian music and dance are the power of our nation, crafted in a way to pamper your ears and soul: mysterious duduk, fondling Komitas- symbols of Armenian music; kochari- the emblem of Armenian dance…

Interestingly, the famous Armenian juicy fruit apricot serves as a material for the preparation of Armenian national musical instrument “duduk” that we call tsiranapogh in Armenian (coming from the word “tsiran” meaning apricot in Armenian). It is a double-reed wind instrument, belonging to aerophones’ category. Duduk has a deeply-melodic sound and is nowadays used in a list of movie soundtracks. Have you ever heard the soft and nasal timbre playing alongside the “Gladiator”, Oscar nominated movie? Well, this is our duduk. Duduk and its music are listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

You can hear the sound of duduk in multiple festivities, movies and so on. But if you really want to know its origination history and buy a sample for yourself, Armenia is a must-visit destination for you!

When it comes to Armenian dance, it is worth noting that it is very ancient, dating back to the 5-3rd century BC or even older. This is evidenced in certain rock carvings of country dancing found throughout Armenia. The popular Armenian folk dances are kochari, lorke, shirkhani, nazpar, tamzara, berd, sasnapar, loutki, harsnapar (meaning “bride’s dance”) and so on. Armenian dancers usually wear traditional costumes representing the history of their ancestors and ancient culture. Armenians are used to say “Our dances are our strength”. Armenian dances reflect inner emotions and are always accompanied by music. Most of them are danced in a group, embodying the unified spirit of Armenian nation.

Armenian arts and crafts are as old as pre-Christian times. In Armenia, both men and women do crafts, giving birth to fine taste elegant handmade works. Around the world, Armenians are famous for precious stone polishing and refining. If you visit Armenia, you will be enchanted by the beauty of Armenian silver and golden decorations made in details and perfection. When talking about art, this is an area we truly are proud of. Armenian art has a long tradition of development and refinement (5000 years-old). Armenian artistic excellence is showcased in diverse forms of art like, ceramic, sculpture (famous for the symbolic “Khachkar”- cross stone), miniature painting, engraving, mosaic and of course carpet knitting that is sold all over the world. A special form of art is the relief carving made on the walls of churches. And last, but not least, an artistic sphere worth distinguishing is architecture, dating back to the pre-Christian times.

As it is illustrated, Armenian culture and art have a deeply-rooted rich history and meanings. Mixed emotions, tears and laugh will fall apart as soon as you visit Armenia.

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