The Cradle of Christianity in the East
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Every year thousands of Christians head to Armenia, the oldest Christian country, to celebrate Easter − the celebration of the resurrection of the Christ from the dead. As early as in 301 AD Christianity was adopted as the country’s national religion. In Armenia Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. Therefore, the date of Easter may fall between March 21 and April 25. In Armenian Easter is called "Zatik" and it is considered as the "feast of feasts".
The reception of Holy Communion takes place at the end of Mass. For the believers of the Armenian Apostolic Church it stands for the end of Holy Week and the forty days of the Great Lent. The same evening families and friends get together for holy dinner with a traditional greeting and toast "Christ is risen from the dead. Blessed is the resurrection of Christ", which is followed by egg fights.
Among Christians, Easter is an annual celebration, when families gather around the table and start the evening celebration. Armenian traditional Easter dinner table consists of colored-eggs, boiled fish, different local herb dishes, rice cooked with raisin and dried fruit, and Armenian red wine.
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