Armenian Easter

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Easter sees by far the biggest church attendance by Armenians. Many Armenians only go to church on Easter day, gaining themselves the title "Easter Christians". The Armenian traditional greeting on Easter is "Krisdos haryal i merelots" (Christ is risen from the dead), to which you reply "Orhnyal e harutyun' Krisdosi" (Blessed is the resurrection of Christ).

According to Article 8 of the Rules of the Armenian Apostolic Church "Easter or the Resurrection of Christ should be celebrated after Lent, which lasts for forty days." (here there is a contradiction I do not understand, since lent lasts 7 weeks in the Armenian church, which equals 49 days)

The Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Therefore, Easter may fall between March 22 and April 25.

During the Divine Liturgy celebrated on Easter Eve (also called the Candle Mass) on Saturday, "When the good news of Christ's Resurrection is given, the seven-week-long Lent is over. Every one lights a candle, tastes the egg they have taken along and bids farewell to Lent."




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