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Battle of Avarayr - Avarair

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Armenians celebrate the Battle of Avarayr to commemorate Vartan Mamikonian's courage to defend the Armenian's right to practice Christianity. May 26, 451 AD.

According to legend, nightingales that fly over the battlefield sing 'Vartan' 'Vartan.' A particular type of Antelope indigenous to the Armenian plateau has a fragrant musk under its throat, of which it acquired its fragrance by grazing on the foliage wet by the blood of Armenian heros and martyrs.

Photo: Vartan Mamikonian; Vardan Mamigonian
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