Chartwell Bois-de-Boulogne keeps Armenian tradition alive

Armenian tradition is alive and well at Chartwell Bois-de-Boulogne. With a sizable portion of the resident population sharing this national heritage, many are eager to revel in their Armenian roots. On October 8, the residence will be hosting a themed dinner to celebrate the country and its staple foods.

A rich history
Though Armenia may be small in size, it has a long and storied history. The ancient country has experienced a variety of cultural influences over many centuries, having been ruled by the Romans, Persians and Ottomans at various points in its history. Though the region declared its independence in 1918, it was conquered by the Soviet Red Army just two years later, according to the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. Over the next several decades, Armenia experienced tensions with neighbouring regions; however, in 2013, the country joined the Eurasian Economic Union along with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Advantour reported that religion has remained an important influence on Armenian tradition throughout the ages. Heavily affected by its Christian roots, the culture has embedded certain principles in its literature, politics and music. As the source noted, the music is as rich and unique as the culture itself – its traditional instruments having particularly unique tones. Some of these instruments include the pander, bambir, reed pipe, zurn and avagpog.

Traditional Armenian cuisine
Food is deeply engrained in Armenian culture. According to The Gutsy Gourmet, lamb is the preferred meat in many Armenian dishes, with fruits and vegetables also prominently featured, Armenia being a leading exporter of the two food groups.

Grapes and lemons are among the most popular fruits in the country, while myriad vegetables are favorites among citizens. The Gutsy Gourmet reported that some of the most popular vegetables include squash, onion, eggplant, peppers and garlic.

Several dishes remain prevalent in Armenian households. These include babakanoosh, sou-berag and yalanchi. Additionally, since vegetables are popular, roasted recipes are common.

If you’re interested in attending Chartwell Bois-de-Boulogne’s themed dinner on October 8, contact the residence at 438-228-9296.