Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast dayhonoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

There are numerous stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution.

The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

Valentine’s Day customs developed in early modern England and spread throughout the English-speaking world in the 19th century. In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs spread to other countries.

In Japan, on that special day, it is a tradition to give sweets and especially chocolates to the beloved, in France, jewelry, and in Denmark they send white dried flowers. Whilst, the unmarried girls in the UK wake up early in the morning to stand at the window and watch the men passing through. According to the legend, the first passing man becomes the man of her life.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where this holiday is officially banned.

There was also a holiday of love in ancient Russia, but it was not celebrated in the winter, but in the early summer and connected with the legendary history of Pyotr and Fevronia.

St. Valentine’s day in Armenia coincides with the feast of  Tiarn-daraj, which is one of the most beloved Armenian holiday.  Apostolic Church of all Armenians celebrate “Tyarnyndaraj” (Candlemas Day) or also known among people as “Terndez”, which means “The Lord is with you”.
The celebrations of the holiday begin on 13th of February in the evening as per the church calendar the new day starts after the evening divine service when the fields and gardens are blessed. Accordingly, a festive bonfire is made in every churchyard for the newly married couples of the very year to jump over it. Then they take a candle light from
the church and by that light make bonfires in their own yard as during the consecration of Christ to the temple people came to meet him with lamps and torches.
The other day on 14th of February after the Family members dance
around the fire 3 or 7 times and jump over it. These numbers are believed to be symbols of fertility, and the fire represents light and purity.

Meanwhile the lovers all over the world celebrate the day of St. Valentine on February 14, in Armenia people in love have the holiday devoted to their patron, general St. Sargis.

This holiday is also announced as the day of the youth blessing. It is celebrated 63 days before the Easter, on a Saturday between the January 18 and February 23. 

This year we celebrate the holiday on the 16th of February.



 On February 19th,2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the greatest Armenian writer, poet and public figure Hovhannes Tumanyan.

In this connection, on May 11, 2019, Ijevan Branch of “Yerevan State University” Foundation, the Department of Armenian Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities organizes a republican conference dedicated to Hovhannes Tumanyan’s 150th anniversary.

Armenian scientists, lecturers, post-graduates can apply for the reports at the conference.

Working languages of the conference are Armenian and Russian.

The reports should  be in line with the theme of the conference.

To take part, it is necessary to submit your application and the titles and descriptions (about 150 words) of the reports to the head of Armenian language and literature Department of YSUIB, PhD V. Avagyan e-mail:

The application form can be found here.

Reports selected by the organizers of the conference are intended to be printed in a separate article.

The requirements of the articles can be found here.

The deadline for submitting the final versions of the articles to the organizers of the conference is  April 8, 2019.

Send articles to the following e-mail

For additional questions, feel free to contact the Acting Dean of YSUIB Faculty of Humanities K. Poghosyan (Phone .: 093-884-254, e-mail:, vice-dean of the Department V. Aghababyan (phone., 096 987- 654, E-mail:, Acting Head of the Department of Armenian Language and Literature V. Avagyan (phone: 094-577-567, 099-577-567, e-mail: avagyan.vachik @




 On March 16th, 2019, at 11:00 the first stage of YSU Annual School Olympiad will be held at YSU Ijevan Branch.

It will be carried out on the following general subjects:

  • mathematics,
  • physics,
  • chemistry,
  • Informatics,
  • biology,
  • geography,
  • History of Armenia,
  • Armenian language and literature,
  • Russian language,
  • English,
  • German,
  • French,
  • creative work.

High school 12th form pupils are eligible for YSU Olympiad – 2019. 2-3 pupils can compete in each of the subjects from each school.

The 2nd stage of the Olympiad, to be held with the winners of the 1st stage, will take place on March 30, at 11:00, at YSU.

The closing and awarding ceremony of the Olympiad will take place on April 19, at 15:00 in YSU Hall (central building, 3rd floor).

For more information, feel free to contact Slavik Alaverdyan, inspector of the Department of Professional Orientation and Practice of YSUIB (Phone: 098-398-311, e-mail

ATTENTION: By the decision of YSU Academic Council, the winners of the Olympiad ( I, II and III places winners) will receive 50, 40 and 30% tuition fees discount respectively, if enrolled in a paid system of education, for the first year of studies.