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In memory of their bravery, every year 40 pots of harisa are cooked during the festival. During the preparation of the harissa the Musalerians gather around the bonfire and sing traditional and patriotic songs all night long.

17 Sep

​Harisa Festival is another annual Armenian festival. The traditional meal is made of chicken and wheat mixed together until it becomes like porridge. The festival will take place on 17 September, in Musaler, Armavir Province. This Memorial is dedicated to the original Musaler located in historical Armenia, as people of this territory resisted and fought against the Turkish soldiers during the Armenian Genocide and thus survived. In memory of their bravery, every year 40 pots of harisa are cooked during the festival. During the preparation of the harissa the Musalerians gather around the bonfire and sing traditional and patriotic songs all night long.

​And why Harissa? Because during the self-defense on Musa Dagh, nothing was eaten except wheat and lamb. The wheat and the salvation of the sacrificed lamb are mixed with water, and then the dish gets its name, "harissa".