The Republic of Armenia has a population of under 3 million due to large scale emigration after the earthquake, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over 95% of the residents are ethnically Armenian, with Yezidis comprising the largest minority and few Russian, Greek, Assyrian villages remaining. There are more Armenians living outside of the borders of Armenia today than inside. The Armenians formed large communities throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia after the Armenian Genocide, which are still thriving today.
Customs, traditions, way of life of other nations are always interesting. The history of the nation is reflected in them. The modern Armenian’s way of life has kept the certain traditional character in itself. Every new here is just a well-forgotten old. It is appreciable everywhere. We shall try to describe some details of way of life of Armenians, which are still in the base of the Armenian family.
Armenians love children very much. Children of each brother are considered to be brothers and sisters, and each mother is blamed, if she loves her own children more than the children of her brother-in-law. The identical attitude to all children and grandsons is shown by old people.
Housekeeping is traditionally the matter of the eldest woman in the family. In housekeeping the authority of the woman is found to be above the authority of the man. To strike a woman is considered to be a big shame. In case of husband’s insult wife can ask protection of his mother.
Traditionally Armenians have special respect for old people and always take their opinion into consideration, especially if it concerns the questions of home life. Young people are very polite to the elders. If an elder person enters the house young people stand up and sit down only after the invitation of the elder person. At the presence of old people young people hesitate to talk loudly and, as a rule, do not smoke.
Armenians abide by the ancient custom of hospitality. A guest in the house is always desired. In many rural families there is tradition to contain a specially intended room for the guests, furnishing it with best furniture, carpets and bed.
Very interesting is the ceremony of dressing the bride. In the evening, during a prewedding feast in the house of the bride, the kavorkin (the proxy mother) together with the close relatives of the groom brings a dress and a veil for the bride. The bride dresses in the next room and then comes to the guests. Then the guests accompanied by melodies of dhol and zurna go to the house of the groom. Here the wedding goes on till the morning.