Vartan Mamigonian victoriously led Christian Armenians into battle against the Persian Empire to preserve Christianity. Each year this victory is celebrated on the Thursday preceding Great Lent – which, this year, starts on Monday, March 3rd.
Click here for more information regarding St. Vartan and the Battle of Avarayr.
The Vartanesian Family, June,1950 Vartan (aka Uncle Walter), far left; Arpie, his bride of one month; Mary, center (my mother); Yeranuhe and Oskan (my maternal grandparents)
Uncle Walt, a kind, easy-going man, married Aunt Arpie, one of my favorite people in the whole-wide world. They were happily married for over 50 years before he passed away in 2002.
As we celebrate St. Vartan, the warrior, I celebrate the memory of my sweet Uncle 'Vartan'. Click on the recipe names to see two of his favorite dishes – Tabbouleh (Sarma Gurgood) and Dolma.
Here’s to our Vartans!