New Year (Amanor)
Observed on January 1
New Year is celebrated a whole week starting with December 31, by baking New Year cookies and laying tables with food and different kinds of sweets. During this week, people exchange gifts and congratulatory wishes, and their homes are open to welcome everyone. Visiting begins on January 1 and lasts through Christmas - January 6.
Armenian children believe that Dzmer Pap (Santa Claus) brings gifts on New Year’s Eve. Several days or weeks before the holiday, children write letters to Dzmer Pap telling him what they wish.