Saturday, August 31, 2013

‘Agra Hadig’, another Armenian tradition - or is it?

Is the tradition of ‘Agra Hadig’ Armenian, or one that Armenians have adopted?

That’s the question I’m trying to answer for Dan Stepanian-Bennett. 

Dan came across my April post about Agra Hadig and wishes to try out this tradition on his two nephews in September.
When Dan asked his mother about this idea, he was surprised when she dismissed this custom as not actually being Armenian.

In my April story I included a passage from the Library of Congress which explains this topic, but I honestly cannot swear on a stack of Bibles as to whether the tradition of Agra Hadig  is 100% Armenian. 

Dan feels that many of the families who participate in this traditional activity are those who've lived in Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, etc. 

So, I’m reaching out to my Armenian Kitchen audience…
If anyone can shed some light on the country of origin of Agra Hadig, we’d love to hear from you either in a comment, or email:
Thanks very much!


  1. Hi Robyn jan. Agra Hadig IS an Armenian tradition. I can find some old books, to prove it, if you think that is necessary. the traditions always transfer from one country to the neighbours. the wheat is the seed of life for the old Armenians, as the rice for the chineze & the corn for the mexicans.

  2. Thank you so much for the information! I'll make sure Dan is aware of your update.

  3. More confirmation in this 2017 article in the New York Times titled "In Armenia, ‘What Do You Want to Be?’ Is Asked in Infancy". It references the views of Yulia Antonyan, cultural anthropologist and professor in the department of cultural studies at Yerevan State University. Here's the URL:

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this article, Noric!