Barekendan - Armenian Halloween

The feast of Barekendan was celebrated by the Armenian Apostolic Church on February 7 on the eve of what will be a seven-week period of Great Lent ahead of Easter. Barekendan, which literally means “good living” and is equivalent to Shrovetide, is a revived tradition to commemorate the human bliss, which, as the Bible says, Adam and Eve enjoyed in the Garden of Eden. The festival is celebrated with joyful events staged in streets and squares of the city.

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