Armenian family has always been firm thanks to mutual respect, understanding, love, devotion, traditions, values and many other features that Armenians share in their life.
Family is considered the basic foundation unit of all societies. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “modern” communities that don’t understand the importance of family and the impact a harmonic family can have on a person’s life.
The good news, however, is that Armenians are not among those nations.
A firm family is very important to Armenians and it is what distinguishes Armenians from other nations.
If you are an Armenian, you know what we mean. If you aren’t an Armenian, then we would love to share with you all of the peculiarities, values and traditions of Armenian families.
Make sure, you can learn so many things from Armenians when it comes to families.
Features of Armenian Family #1: Armenians L.O.V.E Extra-Large Families
Modern Armenian families consist, as a rule, of 4-5 people including father, mother, plus two or three children.
However, you will find many Armenian families (especially in villages) that consist of about 7-8 people. And this is because young adults usually live with their parents until marriage.
So, what happens after tying the knot? In fact, nothing special!
Though increasing number of newly married Armenian couples live away from parents, there are still many brides who move to the home of the groom’s parents, making the family even bigger than it usually was.
So, don’t get surprised if a 35-year-old gentleman tells you he still lives with his mom and dad, wife and children, brother and sister-in law under the same roof.
You won’t live under such conditions even a day, will you? But why see the cup half empty if you can see it half full?
Just imagine, after a hard-working day, when you are coming home, you don’t need to worry about doing shopping, preparing the meal and taking care of kids because your parents-in-law did everything while you were at the office.
If not grandparents, who else will take care of your kids with such great responsibility and love while you are out? Surely not the babysitter, right?
So, this is what the typical Armenian family looks like: big, active, full of laughter, noise and at the same time peaceful based on mutual understanding and sound relationships.
Features of Armenian Family #2: Armenians are Family Addicts
“What kind of people are Armenians?” is a question that interests all those who are either just interested in Armenian culture, traditions and values or are going to travel to Armenia and want to find out some information about Armenians before starting their trip.
Are you among those people? If so, then we want to share with you some features that foreigners are most likely to mention about Armenians.
So, Armenians are hot-tempered, emotional, kind, curious, clever, hard-working, proud, hospitable, talented…
Did we miss anything? Of course, we did. There are tons of other features that we don’t mention, but one thing that is of great importance is that Armenians adore their families.
Yes, it’s true. Family is not just an important thing, it is everything for Armenians.
That is why Armenian people’s almost all life goals are connected to family (finding a soul mate, getting married, raising children, providing proper conditions for the family, maintaining family unity, etc.)
For centuries Armenians have been known for worshiping and respecting family values. Nothing actually has changed over years.
Most marriages in Armenia last very long thanks to strong family ties, mutual respect, great sense of responsibility, devotion and most importantly LOVE.
Armenians are very affectionate of their children, always take into consideration the opinions of the old and are very supportive of one another.
Features of Armenian Family #3: Husband vs. Wife: Who is the Busiest?
Women do more housework than men, while men support their families more than women!
For most of the history, this phenomenon existed in different nations and Armenia is not an exception.
In typical Armenian families, father is the breadwinner of the family and is mainly supposed to fulfill the material needs of the household.
Tasks for Superwomen
Major economic decisions like buying or selling a house and a car, moving to another city or country are the husband’s domain.
However Armenian women’s schedule is more crowded than that of men, including:
- Taking care of kids,
- Doing shopping,
- Preparing meal,
- Driving kids to extra-curriculum activities,
- Organizing leisure activities,
- Attending parent-teacher interviews,
- Taking doctor appointments for family members
At the same time, Armenian women manage to
- always have a perfect and presentable look,
- be kind to in-laws, relatives and husband’s friends,
- act as a mediator in family disputes and the guardian of the family’s unity,
- actively pursue a career or run business.
The good news is that Armenian women don’t complain about their congested schedule. They do all their responsibilities with great love and devotion.
Is there Anything Left for Men to Do?
The same can be said about Armenian men who are almost willing to work 24/7 in order to provide the family with proper living conditions and make their parents, wife and kids the happiest in the entire world.
By the way, Armenian men have always been the main decision makers in a family. However, this very peculiarity is gradually disappearing from modern Armenian families.
Now when more and more Armenians admit that “behind every successful man is a woman” and “the world would be nothing without woman or a girl” Armenian men take into account the wife’s opinions on various topics when it comes to making both essential decisions or choosing the right color of the suit he is going to wear at a friend’s wedding party.
Features of Armenian Family #4: Be Ready for Lots of Parties, Gatherings & FOOD!
Armenian families are passionate about big family-gatherings, crowded parties and most importantly, weddings.
So, it comes as no surprise that Armenian families use every single occasion (birthday, baptism, wedding, entering university, graduating, etc.) to organize a big and crowded party, inviting a lot of guests and preparing jaw-dropping dishes.
By the way, Armenian dishes not only taste fantastic, but play an important part in such gatherings. Armenians see food as a way of bringing people together and showing how much they care about their guests.
In most cases guests don’t come empty handed. They often bring a box of chocolate or a special drink with them.
Then they are welcomed to the living room and offered the most comfortable seats.
Whenever the guests have tasted all the dishes, men will sit next to each other and discuss the latest international politics, business news and sports.
Meanwhile, women will occupy another corner discussing the latest news about their relatives or neighbors and speaking about cooking, fashion and stuff like that.
In Armenian reality, sometimes housewives complain about having a lot of guests which can cause headaches. This is because the husband’s friends can unexpectedly enter your house at 12 a.m., when you are already in your pajamas ready for bed.
Anyway, instead of going to bed the Armenian hostess will do her best to satisfy the guests and make sure they leave their house with happy faces.
Armenian Weddings Need a Special Attention
When it comes to Armenian weddings it is something we find a bit difficult to describe.
At least once in your lifetime you should take part in this big celebration. Then you’ll see with your own eyes what we mean by “big, fat Armenian wedding”.
But before let us briefly tell you what to expect from this colorful occasion.
Armenians do believe that wedding is one of the most important and beautiful occasions in a young couple’s life. That’s why Armenian families are willing to spend big bucks on that special day and organize a luxury wedding.
So, if you happen to be present at an Armenian wedding party, be prepared to see over 500 guests, a giant cake, abundance of delicious national dishes and drinks accompanied by dances, loud and non-stop music.
Features of Armenian Family #5: It Ain’t Cool Staying Single
In recent years, the average age of marriage has increased in Armenia.
The age of a newlywed Armenian couple is about 25-30 for woman and 28-35 for man.
This very tendency is conditioned by the fact that in 21st century. More and more Armenians want to lead a successful professional career.
And to achieve this very goal, many Armenian girls and boys spend several years (6-10 years depending on the profession) at university almost forgetting about their private life.
This fact is not though so welcomed by the old, who always push young Armenian girls and boys to settle down.
So, in Armenia whenever an adult is 20, he or she will become the target of curious Armenians who will torture him or her with tons of questions like;
- Are you single? Why?
- Are you married?
- Why aren’t you married?
- When are you planning to get married?
- There is a brilliant guy I know. Would you like me to arrange a meeting with him/her?
By the way, if Armenians find out you are still single, they will empower you to find a soul mate as soon as possible. Why? Because it is high time for you to get married.
Yes, it is true! Your relatives, grandma, neighbors, friends and colleagues know better when you should tie the knot than you yourself.
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