As Valentine’s Day is marked around the world, this year we wanted to bring you the tradition of Saint Sargis—the Armenian equivalent of Valentine’s Day from our programme in Nagorno Karabakh.
Our interpreter, Anush, explains the significance and traditions behind this special day.
"This holiday is also called the day of the youth blessing. It is celebrated 63 days before Easter, on a Saturday between January 18th and February 23th so this year it falls on 16th of February. According to the tradition, Sargis was a military commander in the 4th Century who was persecuted for his Christian faith along with his son Martiros and 14 brave soldiers. Sargis was sanctified by the Armenian Apostolic Church and became the patron and defender of all lovers. On the morning of the holiday the saint liturgy takes place in all the churches that are named St. Sargis where the ceremony of blessing the youth is also celebrated. Besides the religious ritual, there are popular and fun traditions that young people do:"