Public holidays in Armenia

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Holidays in Armenia:

Holidays
Date English Name Local Name Transliteration Remarks
1 January New Year Day Ամանոր Amanor Tradition
6 January Christmas Day Սուրբ Ծնունդ Surb Tsnund Religious
28 January Army Day Բանակի օր Banaki or In celebration of Armenian Army formation on that day in 1992
24 April Genocide Remembrance Day Եղեռնի զոհերի հիշատակի օր Yegher'ni zoheri hishataki or Armenian Genocide in 1915
9 May Victory and Peace Day Հաղթանակի եւ Խաղաղության տոն Haght'anaki yev Khaghaghut'yan ton Shushi liberation day - in May 9, 1992 Armenian forces freed the city from Azerbaidjani military forces, which was an important milestone in Artsakh libration war for Armenians.[1]

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

28 May Republic Day Հանրապետության օր Hanrapetut'yan or Establishment of the Democratic Republic of Armenia
5 July Constitution Day Սահմանադրության օր Sahmanadrut'yan or Adopted in 1995
21 September Independence Day Անկախության օր Ankakhut'yan or From the Soviet Union in 1991
7 December Spitak Remembrance Day Երկրաշարժի զոհերի հիշատակի օր Yerkrasharzhi zoheri hishataki or A devastating earthquake in 1988 killed thousands of people and destroyed most of the Republic’s infrastructure.

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

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