Terendez in Armenia (13/02)

The national Armenian holiday Terendez (Trndez), celebrated annually on February 13, is very reminiscent of the Russian Maslenitsa with its folk festivals, but with elements of the Catholic Valentine's Day, since the main characters of this day are lovers.

Initially, Terendez was a pagan holiday in the ritual of fire worshipers and was called Derendez, which in Armenian means “a sheaf of hay in front of your house” and means a wish for a good harvest.

After Armenia adopted Christianity, both the name of the holiday and its essence changed. It began to be celebrated in honor of the Presentation of the Lord (Tyarnendarach), and the main participants in Terendez were young men and women - newlyweds or those who are just about to tie their destinies in marriage.