The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Armenia (Vardavar) Date in the current year: July 23, 2017

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Armenia (Vardavar) The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus is celebrated by various Christian denominations. While many churches do not regard it as one of the most important feasts, it is considered a very significant church holiday in Armenia.

The Feast of the Transfiguration marks one of the miracles of Jesus in the Canonical Gospels. In this episode in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was transfigured and became radiant in glory upon a mountain in front of three of his apostles (Peter, John and James).

The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ fourteen weeks (ninety-eight days) after Easter, so it always falls on a Sunday. It is one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Church.

The Feast of the Transfiguration in Armenia is commonly referred to as Vardavar. Although now it is a religious holiday, its history dates back to pre-Christian times. Its ancient forerunner was dedicated to the deity Astghik. She was the goddess of fertility, love, beauty and water. That is why the best known tradition of the holiday is to pour water on one another.

The word “Vardavar” (or “Vartavar”) means “the festival of roses”. In ancient times, roses were associated with Astghik.

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Religious Holidays

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Armenia

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