Armenia National Anthem

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Anthem History

The words to "Mer Hayrenik", taken from a poem by Miqayél Ghazari, were set to music long before Armenia adopted it as her anthem upon regaining her independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The present anthem is a modified version of the original song, which consisted of five clauses. Some of the words have also been changed appropriately to reflect the freedom and independence of the country.

Anthem Lyrics

Mer hayrenik‘, Azat Ankakh,

Vor aprel eh tareh tar,

Yoor vorik‘e ard kanchum eh

Azat, Ankakh Hayastan.

Aha‘, yeghpayr, kez mi drosh, Vor im dzerkov gortsetsi,
Gishernere yes koon cheghah, Artasukov lvatsi.

Nayir nran yerek guynov,

Nvirakan mer nshan,

Togh poghpoghi t‘shnamu dem, Togh misht pandsah Hayastan.

Amenayn tegh mah‘e mi eh,

Mard mi angam pit merni,

Bayts yerani ovr yur azgi

Azatutyan k‘e zohvi.

Anthem Lyrics English

Land of our fathers, free, independent,
Which has endured from age to age.
Its sons and daughters now proclaim
Armenia, sovereign and free.
Its sons and daughters now proclaim
Armenia, sovereign and free.

Brother, take this banner,
Made with my own hands,
During sleepless nights,
And bathed in my tears.
During sleepless nights,
And bathed in my tears.

See, it has three colours;
A single hallowed symbol.
May it sparkle before the foe,
May Armenia flourish ever!
May it sparkle before the foe,
May Armenia flourish ever!

Death is everywhere the same,
Man is born just once to die,
But blest is he who gives his life
To defend his nation's freedom.
But blest is he who gives his life
To defend his nation's freedom.

Armenia Flag

Armenia Flag

Flag History The red represents the blodd shed in the struggle for national existence. The blue is for the skies, hope and the unchanging character of the land. The orange represents the courage of the people.
Flag Date of Adoption 24 August 1990
Flag Symbolism has three equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue, and orange
There are many interpertations on the meanings of the colors, but a widely accepted one is that the red symbolizes the blood spilt by Armenians in defense of their country, orange symbolizes the fertile soil of the nation, and blue is for the sky. The flag was originally the official flag of the nation during it's short independence after World War I, and was brought back after Armenia broke away from the Soviet Union.


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