Armenians living in the Marash province of Western Armenia, like all other compatriots, were traditionalist, pious and religious. All holidays, as a rule, were accompanied by a church and folk rite. Since time immemorial, the Armenian people have had their own kind of holiday. Students of the Armenian calendar have identified ancient layers associated with the cult of the sun, fire, and water, in particular, during ceremonial celebrations dedicated to the Armenian gods themselves.

On holidays, along with church and traditional rituals, the dishes prepared in those days were just as important as in many places, in Marash almost all holidays had their own special dishes. Among the holidays celebrated in Marash were Kaghand, little Easter, Tearndaraj, Barekendan, Tsarzardar, Easter, the feast of the Annunciation, Ascension, Vardavar, consecration of grapes.

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