Valentine’s Day or St. Sargis Day?

Every year on February 14, people all over the world celebrate a holiday which is known as Valentine’s Day. On this day, lovers, especially young people, exchange candies, gifts or flowers with a purpose of showing their attitude towards their second half. Although the Valentine’s Day is not considered as a public holiday in any country, the celebration of this event is popular in America, Europe, as well as Asia. On February 14, if you go out for a walk or a dinner, you would probably see a huge number of couples of different age groups. The reason for this is that in our days, it became even more common to organize a romantic date on this holiday.

While the most part of the world considers February 14 as the day of all lovers, Armenian nation has its own interpretation of it. Every year, 63 days before Easter, on a Saturday between January 18 and February 23, Armenian youth celebrates St. Sargis Day. According to the tradition, St. Sargis is a patron and a defender of all lovers. Although on this holiday it is also generally accepted to switch gifts or flowers, there is also another important and interesting tradition. On this day, young people eat a salty (extremely salty) cookie and go to sleep without drinking water. People believe that they would see their lover in the dream, who would bring them a glass of water. What is more fascinating, is that people say that in many cases the dream comes true.

Compared with the Valentine’s Day, St. Sargis Day is a fuller reflection of Armenian traditions. However, in recent years, people prefer to celebrate their lovers’ day on February 14 rather than on St. Sargis Day. Indeed, following “trends” that are popular all over the world is a good thing, but let’s not forget our roots, rituals, and traditions. Happy St. Sargis Day!


By Sona Azatyan


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