Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

In Armenia, you learn quickly that “cheers” doesn’t cut it: Feasts among friends often entail elaborate ordered toasts sprinkled with poetry, religion, folk song and history. Armenians take toasts so seriously that they often nominate a tamadan (toastmaster) to hold court over, say, steaming bowls of khash or glistening mounds of stuffed grape leaves, and […]

The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug

Twin sisters Sahkanush and Haykanush Stepanyan learned rugmaking while still teenagers at a craft center in Gyumri, Armenia’s second-largest city. Today at 23, they work for Tufenkian, a company that specializes in carpets made of hand-carded, -spun, -dyed, and -knotted wool. Under a hot July sun on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they are […]

The rise of the apprentice: a European tradition comes to the U.S

The rise of the apprentice: a European tradition comes to the U.S

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The growing number of apprenticeships in the U.S. has more to do with European companies importing the practice into their American operations than with the long-running NBC television reality show and its former host who now lives in the White House. Traditional apprenticeships are more than summer internships familiar to Americans, […]