Wings of Tatev

Parachuting enthusiasts “dove” into a 1,000-ft-deep gorge from an aerial tramway as part of extreme sports activities near the Tatev Monastery, one of Armenia’s top tourist attractions located in the southern Syunik Province.

Children’s Day

June 1, which is internationally marked as Children’s Protection Day, has seen various events for and with the participation of kids in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Artsakh, My Love

The premier of a musical comedy dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence took place at Yerevan’s Paronyan Musical Comedy Theater Monday night. The comedy called “Artsakh, My Love” tells about the mode of life, songs, dances and humor of Karabakh folks in a historical setting.

Ice-Cream Charity

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan took his grandchildren to a Sunday charity ice-cream sale in Yerevan’s Northern Avenue during which the staff of the Information and Analytical Agency teamed up with showbiz artists, politicians and other public figures to help vulnerable families. The proceeds from this year’s sales will go also to the families of Armenian servicemen killed in the April war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Indoor” Games

Competitions for female inmates of a penitentiary in the town of Abovyan in such sports as volleyball, long jump, running, arm-wrestling, checkers and ping pong were organized by Armenia’s Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs on May 24-25.

Marshal’s Monument

A statue to Soviet-era Armenian Marshal Hamazasp Babadzhanian (1906-1977) was ceremonially unveiled in capital Yerevan on Monday, May 23. President Serzh Sargsyan and other senior Armenian officials attended the ceremony, paying tribute to the Hero of the USSR who was one of the victorious Red Army commanders during the Second World War.

Delicious Record

A record long tolma (23 meters) was prepared by chefs for a traditional festival of this Armenian dish that took place at the Musaler memorial complex in Armenia’s Armavir province this weekend. The goal of the annual festival held for the sixth time is to popularize Armenian cuisine.

Shakespeare Lives… in Metro

Actors and actresses in Yerevan recited Armenian translations of Shakespeare’s works in the city’s metro stations on Friday as part of an event organized by the British Council Armenia to mark the 400th death anniversary of the Bard.

Mighty Gospel

In a once-a-year ceremony a 13th-century Mighty Gospel kept at Matenadaran, an ancient manuscripts depository in Yerevan, was brought to Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church in the Armenian capital on Sunday for the faithful to pay tribute to the book that is believed to have healed lots of people and worked other wonders. The ceremony held annually since 2013 took place with the blessing of Archbishop Navasard Kchoyan.

Pride Through Pain

“This pain does not let me feel the pride,” says Anahit Harutyunyan, the mother of a soldier who was killed in last month’s Armenian-Azerbaijani clashes in Nagorno Karabakh. The 47-year-old woman, looking at her son’s portrait, adds through tears: “He was a sniper, he had served eight months…”