Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kanye West and North West are currently on vacation in Armenia to learn about the land of the family’s ancestors. While the famous family continues their sightseeing overseas, E! Online presents 10 fascinating facts about Armenian culture and history.
1. The Kardashians aren’t the only famous Armenians. Cher is also of Armenian decent through her father’s lineage. Michael Vartan also has Armenian blood as does Dita Von Teese and Joe Manganiello. And although Steve Jobs was of Syrian decent, his adoptive parents Paul and Clara Jobs were Armenian.
2. Pomegranates are a favorite food among Armenians. Aside from being tart and delicious, they symbolize fertility.
3. The Armenian people were the first culture in the world to adopt Christianity as the official state religion after two of Jesus’ apostles, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, travel through the region soon after Jesus’ death.
4. They discovered wine (sorry, France!). Back in 2011, scientists concluded that the real birthplace of wine may have been in a cave in Armenia. Archaeologist called the cave the “oldest” winery ever dating back over 6,000 years.
5. Wine isn’t Armenia’s only contribution to the world. They were also among the first to invent yogurt and coffee.
6. In 1915, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered in the Ottoman Empire in what is now known as the Armenian Genocide. Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the historical event. The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be honored on April 24.
7. Armenians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6, the original date of the Christian holiday.
8. Armenians love to dance (especially a type of line dance) and call dancing “keff time,” which means party time.
9. Cheese boregs are a traditional Armenian dish made of feta cheese wrapped in filo dough and baked until golden brown.
10. The word for beautiful in Armenian is “siroon.”