In the pre-Christian and later Christian faith of Armenians, Great Lent, Tsakhkazard, Holy Week and Easter-related customs and traditions were of great importance, which were also celebrated on a large scale in the villages around Musa Dagh in Western Armenia. One of the traditions of the beginning of Lent was grain. It was prepared from vegetables such as wheat, peas, beans, buckwheat, and was also served to guests. Palm Sunday, like almost all religious rites, is traditionally inherited from pre – Christian customs.
In the spring, holly trees were decorated by tying colored handkerchiefs on the branches. Villagers washed their faces with water from the “utnus”(eight days), and then went to church. The seven villages of Musa Dagh are alien to the tradition of big cities-Easter cake. Instead, bread with cheese was prepared, milk bread, etc. Eggs were boiled in water filled with onion peels. One of the dishes of the Easter table was fish, which put an end to the seven-week ban on meat.