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One of the world's oldest civilizations, Armenia once included Mount Ararat, which biblical tradition identifies as the mountain that Noah's ark rested on after the flood. It was the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its religion. Despite its small size, it was one of the most densely populated republics of the Soviet Union and is prone to earthquakes and droughts.
Children are highly valued and they occupy the center of attention in households. As teens, they are disciplined and are expected to take on responsibilities.
Education is valued and is given great weight as an agent of socialization. In Armenia throughout the twentieth century, education was free and accessible to all. Because of privatization trends in the post independence period, however, there are fears that education may not remain accessible to all.
Backgammon is one of the most popular board games in Armenia, and popular sports are weight lifting, wrestling and boxing. Teens normally hang out with their friends, play instruments and participate in sports. Teens usually have limited chores, such as help with shopping and light housekeeping.
Staple foods in Armenia are bread and salt. Harissa, a traditional meal, consists of wheat grain and lamb cooked over low heat. Armenians everywhere love barbecued meats and vegetables. The pomegranate, with its symbolic association with fertility, is the national fruit. Grapes are also popular. When speaking of friendship, Armenians say "we have bread and salt among us." In the state protocol, when dignitaries are welcomed, bread and salt are presented.
Breakfasts on nonworking days are sometimes major get-together events. In huge pots khash is prepared, cattle legs are boiled and served with spices and garlic, and consumed with Armenian brandy.
Armenian is the official language. Russian was the second official language when Armenia was under Russian and Soviet rule. The majority of Armenians are Christian but there is a strong Muslim representation.