Armenian people indeed stand apart from other nationalities in many aspects of everyday life. They are unique with their personality, traditions, physical characteristics, looks, hobbies, average height etc.
Some typical national characteristics of Armenian people are inseparable part of every Armenian’s life.
Of course, the role of individual character is the main one in human life. But there are some ethnic and national characteristics that are very typical and are more of a culture than individual approach. To a foreigner, some of those Armenian features may seem interesting, unusual and even absurd.
So, let’s discover together some information about pros and cons of Armenians’ character, their strong and weak points, customs, traditions, the peculiarities of their looks and physical characteristics like the average height, eye color, hair color, skin color, etc.
You will surely learn more about the characteristics of the most warm-hearted and hospitable people in the world during your stay in this amazing country. But before it, let’s go!
The Physical Charm of the Armenian People
Armenians are one of the oldest nations in the world who belong to the Eurasian race of Armenoid (Western Asian) type.
Now that you already know about the main physical characteristics of Armenian people it is time to surf the internet and see how beautiful Armenian people (especially girls) are.
By the way, in 2015 Armenian girls were named the hottest in the world according to a survey conducted in America. Many explained this result with the “Kardashian Effect.”
A Guest is a Gift from God: Armenian Hospitality
The first trait that comes to mind when speaking about Armenian people is definitely hospitality. The old Armenian proverb says, “A guest is the gift of the God”, and most Armenians do their best to satisfy their “gifts” and make sure they leave their houses with full stomachs and happy faces.
So, if you visit an Armenian family the odds are you will be “forced” to taste all the dishes. No one cares if you are not hungry or are in a hurry. Otherwise you will offend the mothers and grandmothers of Armenian families who put so much effort and love in making mouthwatering traditional Armenian dishes special for you.
Family Comes First – Bottom Line!
The greatest goal of every Armenian in life is to find a soul mate, get married, raise children, provide proper conditions for the family, maintain family unity, etc.
As you see all the mentioned goals are related to family, though it is not surprising, as for centuries Armenians have been known for worshiping and respecting their families. Family is not just an important thing, it is everything for Armenians.
“What a mess!” you may think. But don’t rush to make conclusions. Thanks to strong mutual respect, great devotion and love, Armenians still have strong families, firm marriages and do their best to preserve that unity.
Punctuality is not Armenian Type of Thing for Sure
Imagine you are invited to a party or a meeting. You are already in the right place at the right time. What happens next? Oops! You suddenly find out there is no one to welcome you as you are the only one to arrive in time. A very awkward situation, isn’t it?
Yes, punctuality is not one of our strong characteristics. This is a quite possible scenario if you are dealing with Armenians.
You are the luckiest person if you have an appointment with an Armenian and he or she is late for only 5 minutes. But all the nerve-wrecking moments start when you are already waiting for 30 minutes and you don’t have the slightest hope that your Armenian friend will ever arrive.
But don’t worry! Try to call him or her and you will hear the most common cliché that the average Armenian uses “150 times” a week, “I will be there in five minutes”.
Another 15 minutes and your Armenian friend will approach you with a smiling face as if nothing has happened. Surely, not all Armenians share this trait. There are some exceptions as well.
But there is another, more cultural aspect of being late, it refers to guest-host type of things. If you are invited to a birthday party, dinner, or just to hang out with your Armenian friends in their house, you, as a guest are supposed to be late 15-30 minutes.
There is no a real explanation to this. But it’s a fact that everybody knows it. We won’t say extremely, but it’s “kind of inappropriate” to arrive earlier, or right on time. Remember, if your host told you to be there at 7, then he/she is expecting you at least at 7:15!
Yes, Armenians Love Curiosity!
Armenians (especially women) do like to stick their nose into other people’s personal lives. Armenian women like to target especially single girls and guys. They will ask questions like, “Are you married?” If the answer is no the interrogation will go on like this, “Why don’t you get married?” They will torture you with such questions until you finally tie the knot.
You think you will get rid of Armenian curiosity when you marry and settle? If yes, then you are greatly mistaken. Your new status will make Armenians attack you with new questions like, “When are you planning to have a baby”. Make sure the chain of these questions doesn’t end anywhere.
Foreigners will probably find Armenians also a bit rude, because Armenians are free to tell you that you put on or lost weight, that the dress you wore at your daughter’s wedding didn’t fit you at all, etc.
However, there is no need to get offended since Armenians don’t have any intention to insult you. They are just outgoing, sincere, caring and a little curious people with warm personality.
Education – #1 Priority in Armenian Youngsters’ Life
From an early childhood, Armenian kids are taught if they want to achieve something in life and reach the top of their career, they should learn.
So, the goal of every kid since his young age is to enter a university. Even if the family is short on cash, parents will manage to find money for education. But having access to education is not enough, is it? The main reason that Armenians display great abilities in the workplace is that they are smart and creative.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that hundreds of Armenian students receive scholarships and study at the best universities of the world.
In a word, when it comes to science and art, Armenian people have always stood out and amazed everyone with their knowledge, analytical thinking skills and creativity.
Birthday Party, Wedding Party, Graduation Party, Lots of Parties!
Feeling a bit frazzled these days? Want to experience something new, something unusual and colorful? Then you should definitely become a part of a big celebration, called Armenian wedding. Yes, Armenians are passionate about big family-gatherings, crowded parties and most importantly weddings.
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 think it is worth spending big bucks on that special day and organize a luxury wedding.
Armenian people enjoy every moment of pre-wedding process from finding the perfect dress to picking out gorgeous flowers to choosing the most amazing venue.
If you happen to be present at an Armenian wedding party, be prepared to see over 500 guests (it is a great chance for people who haven’t seen each other for years to finally meet), abundance of delicious national dishes and drinks accompanied by dances, loud and non-stop music.
Emotions, Drama, Hot-Tempered Personalities
Where in the world are people the most emotional? They are predominantly in Italy, Spain, Greece, Latin America, etc.
You can definitely add Armenia to the long list of countries that are home to the most emotional people. The emotional life of Armenians is rich and colorful and it is not something cultivated on purpose. Armenian people don’t even try to hide their emotions. It doesn’t much matter whether the Armenian is sad or on cloud nine. In both cases the whole world will know about what he or she is feeling.
When Armenian people (especially men) start discussing the latest political and sports news, they tend to be more expressive. They will start yelling and juicing up their speech with vivid facial expressions and gestures. They just want to convince how intellectual they are. So, before you come to Armenia, keep in mind that Armenians with their vibrant personality seem to experience far more emotions than the average person does without even trying.
You can’t Beat Armenians in Chess!
If you are planning a visit to Armenia, you should definitely know you are going to visit a country where chess is a national obsession.
You will see Armenians playing chess (backgammon too) practically everywhere, including on the streets and in the courtyards. They do like to compete against each other in mind games.
In a word, love for chess is in Armenians’ blood! So, it comes as no surprise that tiny Armenia of three million is a big player in world chess, storming international tournaments and rankings. But that is not all.
This fact will surely teach children that chess is much more than “kings, queens, rooks, etc” and will make Armenia a hothouse for producing chess champions.
Being Armenian is the Hardest Profession and National Pride
Have you ever asked an Armenian to tell you something about his country or nation? If no, then get prepared to hear these answers.
And if you let an Armenian go into more details you will find out how proud Armenians are of their churches, alphabet, language, literature, landscapes, Mount Ararat, khorovats (Armenian barbeque), Lavash (flatbread which is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), Armenian brandy and wine, Armenian rugs, Armenian soldiers, Armenian sportsmen, Armenian flag, their looks, family values, personality, intellect, capital Yerevan, their independence, etc.
Your new Armenian friend will feel a burst of national pride in case you confirm knowing something special, something good about his country and the famous people of this unique nation.
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