Armenia is a beautifully resilient country. After declared independence in 1918, it was taken over by the Soviet Union for the next 70 years. It was not until 1991 when they claimed their renewed independence!
With that, the Armenian people have some very special celebrations which come to light in their culture. They highlight lore and sometimes magical traditions. One of my favorites is Ascension Day, or Hambartsum. One of my favorite parts about this event is the following description:
At midnight nature finds the gift of speech, the water is still for a second; the sky and the earth embrace; the stars kiss one another. Space stops its wheel and the one who witnesses these magic moments will have his or her dreams fulfilled.
Ascension Day (Hambartsum)
Observed on May 21
Ascension Day is the holiday of love and enjoyment, which is celebrated outdoors in the blossom of May, 40 days after Easter. In ancient times on this day the young ladies were allowed to walk freely in the fields, sing songs, and make acquaintances, which often became crucial in their lives.
Source: Armenia Information