(tl;dr: we missed Easter)
I'm not religious, but traditions around religious celebrations are very much part of my culture and I particularly like the ones around Easter, from colouring eggs to listening to the beautiful church music. Knowing we'd be in Armenia around this time, I was really looking forward to seeing how it'd be done here. Our initial plan was to find a local church in the city centre, but eventually we thought it could be a good opportunity to see Etchmiadzin cathedral on the day of an important celebration, although I had a strange feeling it wasn't the best decision. Only about 20 minutes outside Yerevan, we thought we'd just turn up for the last hour of service even if we can't get in, and in the morning we turned on the TV where multiple channels were broadcasting from different churches around the country and briefly joked about pretending we're there without leaving home. But getting into Etchmiadzin, like hundreds of others, we found out to our great disappointment that due to renovations, the doors were shut and there was no Easter service.
A couple of other chapels around were open for those wishing to just light candles and pray, and we even thought of trying to find other churches in the area, but by then, we'd have already missed the end of service anyway.
#noeastereggsforme #badplanning - 24 hours ago