Depressing utility bills hit the nation. UPDATED

There’s sadness and troubled faces in Armenia’s banks, post-offices and around electronic payment terminals. Continue reading

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The Armenian Christmas and New Year Controversy

The Armenian Apostolic church uses the Julian Calendar and celebrates Christmas on January 6th. The Fast of Holy Nativity  starts on the evening of December 29th and ends on the Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, most Armenians lay lavish tables on New Year’s Eve and celebrate with a lot of food. Khozi bood (glazed ham) and lots of meat products leave little chance for the believers determined to fast. New Year’s Eve and the following 3 days are a period of paying courtesy visits to relatives, respected friends, colleges and seating at the table and tasting the plentiful food… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

There’s a lot more I wanted to write about and discuss this year (e.g. issues of Kajaran mining project, Yerevan’s closed market and Parisian surch cafe), but everything ends at some point, so I will stop here and wish all the readers of this blog a very Happy New Year! Hope to see you here, at this blog – next year.

Yerevan’s Homeless To Celebrate New Year in Temporary Shelters

Armenia -- Municipal authorities show a homeless person his temporary shelter, Yerevan, 23Dec2011

Armenia -- Municipal authorities show a homeless person his temporary shelter, Yerevan, 23Dec2011 | Photo from Yerevan.am

The number of Yerevan’s homeless is a mystery. Municipal and State Social Welfare Administrations don’t have reliable data, because the homeless are constantly on the move and in many cases avoid the authorities. And yet, Yerevan’s mayor Taron Margarian has come up with a plan to solve the problem of sheltering them. Continue reading