Armenian culture and its customs go far back in history. Armenians are often characterized as hospitable, friendly kind people who respect elders, have a gentle attitude to children and have a strong family values. Here are some of the customs travelers should know a bit about before visiting the country.
1. Come hungry when invited to an Armenian family’s home
Hospitality in Armenia is not limited to politeness and etiquette. In the Armenian culture and moral values, hospitality has one of the most important roles. Armenians believe that the guest is sent from God and the better to receive him at home, the more happiness and prosperity will return to the owner of the house.
2. Armenians greet each other with a kiss and hold hands.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of the customs for greetings and farewells in a new place. In Armenia, visitors might notice locals kissing on the cheek when they meet, which is the most common greeting among friends and family.
3. Armenians are simple and open-hearted
People here like to speak face to face looking straight in one’s eyes without losing contact and space between them. In communication, Armenians are simple and open-hearted, and sometimes it may even seem that there is no any personal space. People here like to speak face to face looking straight in one’s eyes without losing contact and space between them.
4. Armenians use the French word for “thank you”
Technically, the Armenian word for “thank you” is shnorhakalutyun. Instead of using this long word, many Armenian-speakers will use the French merci, along with the term of endearment, jan. The latter can’t be translated, but it expresses a tender attitude.
5. You will be asked if you like Armenia
The most common question of all is people are curious to hear others talk about Armenia and their impressions of it. So, be prepared to be asked this question many-many times.