August 11 marks ancient holiday of Navasard
PanARMENIAN.Net - August 11
marks the holiday of Navasard, an ancient Armenian New Year, symbolizing
Hayk Nahapet's victory over the Babylonian tyrant Bel.
legend says that in 2492 BC this day, Hayk Nahapet, the founder of
Haykazuni king dynasty, defeated Bel's army, thus giving rise to the
The word Navasard consists of two parts: 'nava', which means new and 'sard', which means year.
Navasard became one of the favorite pre-Christian holidays of the
Armenian people. On that day festivities were held throughout Armenia to
honor pagan gods.
People believed that gods came down to earth
and bathed in the Aratsani River and then went up to the heaven, where
they celebrated the holiday. An ox was usually sacrificed to the gods,
and its blood was used to mark the foreheads of the feast participants.
Navasard is still celebrated nowadays in the ancient pagan temple of
Garni, where people taste various Armenian dishes and enjoy dances,
games and songs.source: