national symbol has four chambers,like the
heart. Count the seeds and see if there's
one for every day of the year.
This season of the year, when the fruit trees
have already bloomed, nature has another surprise
in store for visitors in Armenian gardens. Pomegranates
begin blossoming in the southern and northeastern
regions of Armenia.
Pomegranate flowers look like tongues of flame
blazing in red bowl-like cups. In late autumn
the flowers ripen into beautiful fruits.
The pomegranate, a fiery and beautiful fruit,
also symbolizes Armenia and Armenian people. People
used to worship the pomegranate and believe in
all phenomenons related to this fruit.
Of course, in ancient times, the fruit was not
characteristic of the entire region. It characterized
Siunik and Artsakh. In addition, in Armenian mythology,
the pomegranate symbolized fertility, abundance
One ancient custom widely accepted in ancient
Armenia was performed at weddings. A bride was
given a pomegranate fruit, which she threw against
a wall, breaking it into pieces. Candidate of
historical sciences Armine Stepanyan explains
that scattered pomegranate seeds ensured the bride
future children. She says that in Artsakh it was
accepted to put fruits next to the bridal couple
during the first night of marriage. The pomegranate
was among those fruits, and was said to also ensure
happiness. It is believed the couple enjoyed a
pomegranate wine as well.
"The symbol of the pomegranate is connected
with insemination. It protected a woman from infertility
and protected a man's virile strength," says
At all times the fruit has inspired artists.
Gevorg Simonyan, a salesman at the Aghaksak gift
shop, says souvenirs made of pomegranate are of
great demand. Pomegrante items can be found in
almost in all Yerevan art galleries.
"The biggest clay pomegranate in our gallery
costs 20,000 drams (about $35), and the smallest
one is 3,000 drams. They aren't made all in the
same shape. Masters made them individually, and
each one is unique. All of them are different
and original," says Simonyan.
If you visit Yerevan's outdoor arts and crafts
market on the weekend, vernissage, there is no
doubt that the pomegranate is the symbolic fruit
in the life of Armenian people. You will see a
parade of pomegranates.
Pomegranates are the Armenian symbol of life.
Tradition holds that each mature pomegranate has
365 seeds, equal to the days in a year.
The cultivation of the pomegranate has a long
history in Armenia. Decayed pomegranates, discovered
at the historic spot "Karmir blur" (red
hill), have a history of 3000 years.