Loving Armenian Lavash Bread - Folk Song Pays Homage
Armenian lavash bread is celebrated by singer Anush Stepanyan in this traditional folk song that pays homage to the traditional thin bread that is an essential part of Armenian cuisine! Enjoy Anush’s beautiful and heartfelt ode to this delicacy that is part of daily life in Armenia. Making lavash bread is considered a ceremony, as there are many customs and beliefs associated with it; this folk song, “Hats Ktkhem Garia,” also praises the year’s successful harvest.
Armenian lavash bread, baked in a conical clay oven called a tonir, was inscribed as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. Beyond being a staple of everyday Armenian cuisine, lavash bread has some symbolic significance; it plays a ritual role in weddings, where it is placed on the shoulders of newlyweds to bring fertility and prosperity.
Anush, 30 years old, is from Armenia's capital of Yerevan and is the solo singer of "JNAR'' Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble; when asked how long she has been singing, she says "Since I was born!" Her talent certainly is a natural gift!