Armenian Nation and Armenian Heritage

  • by Western Armenia, May 22, 2024 in Patrimony


Food culture undoubtedly plays an important role in the formation of national identity and the entire social order.

In Western Armenia, many things are connected with legends or stories, which are replenished by the national cuisine.

 Our mountains, rivers and lakes, apricots and pomegranates, grapes and wine, lavash give deep meaning to our cuisine.

All traditions determine our perception of the world and our being a nation. And in this whole system, food culture is really special and important.

Although the  turks in 2011 in UNESCO registered harissa as a turkish national dish it remains Armenian dish.

Harissa was considered a Navasardian dish. It was cooked all night on the first month of Navasard, (August 11), when Armenians celebrated the New Year with a popular celebration.

Besides being a ritual dish, harissa is also classified as a powerful dish.

This porridge-like dish was one of the main dishes of the Armenian army, because it is very nutritious and has useful properties.

Harissa, as a dish, played a big role during the self-defense of Mount Musa, because the  people of Musaler defending themselves on the mountainside had nothing else to eat except wheat and lamb. And Harissa saved them.

After the establishment of the present Musaler village, every year on the third Sunday of September, harissa is cooked here to celebrate the victorious self-defense of Musa Mountain.

Although UNESCO recognized harissa as Turkish national food. This has already been assessed as a wrong decision, because Armenians cooked harissa even before the Turks were formed as a nation.

Also, they cannot have harissa because they are not familiar with grains, in this case semolina.