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Finishing Off 2014 with a Bang: Armenian Achievements in the Last Month

Armenian cook Vera Hovhannisyan won a gold medal and a cup at the Culinary World Cup 2014 held in Luxemburg from November 22 to 26. The competition featured more than 1 000 cooks from 60 countries , as well as 105 national, regional and youth teams. Vera Hovhannisyan’s twin sister Rena Hovhannisyan also jointed her in the competitions. The sisters presented two works at the contest and both won gold medals.

During the Warsaw Cup 2014, in Poland, 15-year old, Anastasia Galustyan, representing Armenia won the SILVER Medal, amongst 18 European competitors.

Garnik Harutunyan scored another gold medal for Armenia during the international boxing tournament held in Riga: http://armenpress.am/eng/news/787374/armenian-boxer-scores-medal-at-international-tournament-in-riga.html

As part of Armenian team, Nagorno Karabakh-born Mavrik Nasibyan won a gold medal in 74kg weight category at the 2014 World Sambo Championships in Narita, Japan. http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/185040/

Armenian teams participated and took home 114 top prizes in all different types of sports during 2014, out of which 32 were gold….

Ancient Armenian Wedding Traditions

In 18th century Akhltskha, new brides would have special words embroidered onto their belts, such as “Ee Vayelum”, while the date of the wedding and initials would be placed on the lower right corner of the apron.

Also, a woman wore a cloth belt with her and her husband’s initials, as well as their wedding date embroidered on, helping society distinguish the wives from the available girls in Gyumri (former Alexandrapol).

Bringing Rain with Bourbadig

Նուրին Նուրին էկել է

Շալէ շապիկ հագել է,

Կարմիր գօտիկ կապել է.

Մեր Նուրինին փայ տվէք,

Տաշտերով ալուր բերէք,

Մաղերով ջուր բերէք,

Մեր Նուրինին կշտացրէք,

Ուտենք-խմենք, քեֆ անենք:

______________________________

Nourin Nourin has come

Wearing a shirt and scarf

Red belt tied on

Give our Nourin her share

Bring her flour

Bring her water

Feed our Nourin

Eat, drink, and let’s have fun!

 

 

Made from a broom of twigs, the handmade doll called Nourin was in the hands of the village children as they sang such songs and walked from street to street, gathering ingredients to make gatnajash (today known as gatnabour or rice and milk pudding) and enjoy their day. The women of the village would give the eggs, flour, etc., and follow up by pouring water over the heads of the children.

At one point, this doll personified the rain-bringing goddess of water. The doll was made in the summers when droughts were common, in order to entice the rains to water their fields. Today, the doll still exists as part of Vartivar, even though the origins of this celebration can be tracked to the goddess Astghik. Churches give out wheat during Vartevar in order to keep the fields free of disasters. In order days, this would also be accompanied with dance, song and games to bring down the rain.

Nourin was a goddess who represented a strong matriarchy, but often also took on the image of a man. The spirit bore many names, including Khourtsgululu, Houchgululu, Mama-Chttig, Chichi-Mama, Chamcha-Khatun, Boubladig, Bourbadig, etc. Today, boubrig is the Armenian name for doll, coming from its olden name Bourbadig. Some of these names could have been derivations of colloquial words meaning beautiful. In Kghi, she was kalled Boubladigin; in Van, she was Khuntsgululu and Khourtsgululu; she was Nourin, Khushgururig or Khuchgururig in Shirak and Bayazet; in Aparan, she was Houchgururu, while in Arabkir` Mama-Chttig; in Garin, Agnoum and Armashum, she was Chichi-Mama, while in Akhalkalak he was Bourbadig. Whereas Eastern Armenians called her Nourin, he was Bourbadig or as a female form using the other names for the Western regions.

Nourin has also morphed over time into Nouri and Nari, then Nar or Nay. Today, many Armenian songs include “Nay-Nay” or “Hoy Nar” which may seem like jibberish to the modern individual but are actually words passed down over the centuries which were used to describe one god or another, while asking for a blessing.

Sources:
http://www.yerakouyn.com/?p=34184
(Սամվել Մկրտչյան. <<Տոներ: Հայկական ժողովրդական ծեսեր, սովորույթներ, հավատալիքներ (ավանդույթ և արդիականություն))

 

UC Irvine’s Latest Robert E. Holton Medal Winner

The American Geophysical Union has awarded Soroosh Sorooshian, UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of civil & environmental engineering, the 2013 Robert E. Horton Medal for his outstanding contributions to hydrology. “I am humbled by this honor,” said Sorooshian, director of UC Irvine’s Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing. “While this wonderful recognition comes to me, it is a shared honor with all my former and current students and collaborators over the past 30 years of my academic career.” According to the Horton Medal committee, “Professor Sorooshian essentially defined the field of model calibration and has shaped the course of its evolution. … The impact of his work is reflected not only in terms of scientific citations, but also in the use of his ideas and works by the hydrologic research community and operational agencies. … Sorooshian is one of the top few scientific ambassadors in the hydrology community, promoting hydrologic science and new-frontier research programs to the general public and to national and world decision-makers.”

UC Irvine’s Soroosh Sorooshian (center), Kuo-lin Hsu (left) and Dan Braithwaite have developed new technology to enhance the understanding of global rain patterns.

Source: http://news.uci.edu/briefs/engineering-professor-receives-american-geophysical-unions-horton-medal/