Public holidays in Armenia

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The following is a list of holidays in Armenia.

Legal Holidays and Remembrance DaysEdit

Non-working legal holidays and remembrance daysEdit

Per law 16 days are declared as non-working.[1][2] However, as 8 days from December 31 to January 7 are consecutive, at least two of these will span over weekend days, which are non-working anyway.

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
1–2 January New Year Day Ամանոր Tradition
3–5 January Pre-Christmas holidays Նախածննդյան տոներ Tradition

Government proposed to discard non-working status of these, but this never went into law.

6 January Christmas Day Սուրբ Ծնունդ Based on the calendar used in Armenian Apostolic Church
7 January The day of commemoration of all dead people after Christmas Day Սուրբ Ծննդյան և Հայտնության տոնին հաջորդող` Մեռելոց հիշատակի օր Based on the calendar used in Armenian Apostolic Church
28 January Army Day Բանակի օր In celebration of Armenian Army formation on that day in 1992
8 March International Women's Day Կանանց տոն Women's day
24 April Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Եղեռնի զոհերի հիշատակի օր Remembrance of victims of Armenian Genocide in 1915
1 May International Workers' Day Աշխատանքի օր International Workers' Day
9 May Victory and Peace Day Հաղթանակի եւ Խաղաղության տոն Shushi liberation day - on May 8, 1992 Armenian forces freed the city from Azerbaidjani military forces, marking an important milestone in Artsakh liberation war for Armenians.

Victory Day : 9 May (World War II) was a holiday throughout the USSR and is still an official holiday in Armenia.

28 May Republic Day Հանրապետության օր Establishment of the Democratic Republic of Armenia in 1918
5 July Constitution Day Սահմանադրության օր Adopted in 1995
21 September Independence Day Անկախության օր Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
31 December New Year Days Ամանոր Tradition

Other legal holidaysEdit

These are mentioned in the relevant law, but are not specified as non-working.[1]

Date English Descript Local Name Remarks
21 February Mother Language Day Մայրենի լեզվի օր Corresponding to International Mother Language Day
8th Thursday before Easter Saint Vardanians Day - the day of good activities and national tribute Սուրբ Վարդանանց տոն՝ բարի գործի և ազգային տուրքի օր
28 February The day of memory of victims of massacres organized in Azerbaijan SSR and protection of rights of Armenian refugees Ադրբեջանական ԽՍՀ-ում կազմակերպված ջարդերի զոհերի հիշատակի և բռնագաղթված հայ բնակչության իրավունքների պաշտպանության օր
7 April Motherhood and Beauty Day Մայրության և գեղեցկության տոն
16 April Day of Armenian Cinema Հայ կինոյի օր
Last Saturday (or last Sunday if last Saturday is April 24th) of April Day of Citizen of Republic of Armenia Հայաստանի Հանրապետության քաղաքացու օր Introduced after 2018 Armenian revolution
8 May Country keeper's day Երկրապահի օր Day of Yerkrapah veterans
15 May Family Day Ընտանիքի օր
16 May Students and Youth Day Ուսանողների եւ երիտասարդների օր
1 June The day of protection of children rights Երեխաների իրավունքների պաշտպանության օր Corresponding to international Children's Day
14 June The day of memory of repressed people Բռնադատվածների հիշատակի օր
64th day after Easter Holiday of Saint Etchmiadzin Սուրբ Էջմիածնի տոն
1 September Knowledge and school Day Գիտելիքի և դպրության օր Knowledge and school Day signifying begin of school year
5 October Teacher's Day Ուսուցչի օր Corresponding to World Teachers' Day
Second Saturday of October Translator's Day Թարգմանչաց տոն Remembering Holy Translators
10 November Day of local self-governance Տեղական ինքնակառավարման օր
7 December Day of Remembrance for Earthquake Victims and Disaster Resistance Երկրաշարժի զոհերի հիշատակի օր Remembrance of victims of 1988 earthquake
9 December Day of condemning and preventing genocides Ցեղասպանությունների դատապարտման եւ կանխարգելման օր

Other traditional, international and professional holidays, as well as religious holidays, can also be celebrated in Armenia. National minorities can also celebrate their national holidays.

Reshuffling by GovernmentEdit

Government is allowed to swap working and non-working days. It usually makes use of this e.g. declaring Easter Monday (calculated according to Armenian Apostolic Church, and in general not always coinciding with Orthodox or Western Easter day calculations) non-working, while one of proximate Saturdays becomes a working days instead.

Other Memorable DaysEdit

On the fourth Sunday preceding Dormition (15 August), a special celebration called Vardavar (Վարդավար) takes place, where anyone is free to soak others with water from spray guns, hoses or even buckets.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "DocumentView". www.arlis.am. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  2. ^ "Non-working holidays in Armenia". docs.google.com. Retrieved 2018-12-03.