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Day of Armenia held in Minsk

A noisy, filling and happy celebration of Armenian culture was held in the Upper Town.

The guests of the Caucasus celebration were treated with tolma (stuffed vegetable dish), basturma (highly seasoned, air-dried cured beef) and eastern desserts. The guests were entertained with dancing and the legendary play on the duduka (traditional Armenian musical instrument).

Kamilla Shakh:
The music of the Armenian duduka was included into the UNESCO nonmaterial cultural heritage. Minsk residents could listen to the duduka music performed by talented musicians.

The word duduka is translated as “the soul of an apricot tree”.

Armenians say that duduka is the soul of the Armenian nation. It is impossible to imagine the ancient and rich culture of Armenia without this instrument.


David Badalyan, musician:
Do they play happy music on it? Yes, they do. Weddings and traditional Armenian dances. My personal opinion is this instrument is more sad than happy. It shows sadness better rather than something positive and happiness.

One can hardly imagine Armenia without food traditions.

It is quite difficult to pronounce some of the names of the dishes. By the way, it was quite difficult to try them as well. The queues were endless.



Vartan Sanamyants, brand-chef of a restaurant chain:
Without what can’t the Armenian cuisine exist? Without the Armenians. Armenian cuisine cannot exist without greeneries, that is 100%. The dish we are presenting today has 18 kinds of greeneries in its composition.

About 10 thousand Armenians live in Belarus today.

The diaspora has its own Sunday school, where children study the language, history and literature of Armenia. The youth organizes sports and traditional celebrations. What is more, many Armenians were born and brought up in Belarus.

Oleg Yesayan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the Republic of Belarus:
The Armenian diaspora has all the necessary conditions for peaceful living, labor and creating families in Belarus. This is very important for Armenians in order to preserve cultural authenticity. And the tolerance Belarus has is in the blood of Armenian people.

Day of Armenia held in Minsk