Armenia Constitution Day

Armenia Constitution Day

July 5
On July 5, 1995, four years after Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union, the national government adopted a new constitution. Constitution Day, a public holiday, commemorates the creation of a new governmental framework and the beginning of another era for this small country, which for over seven decades had been a Soviet satellite.
The government rewards the public sector with a day off on Constitution Day. Victory Park, located in the capital city of Yerevan, usually stages performances that feature traditional music and dance.
Some Armenian communities settled abroad also conduct their own Constitution Day ceremonies. In 2006, the American University of Armenia Department of Law commemorated the day by hosting a panel discussion on Mkhitar Gosh, a 12th-century Armenian scholar and author of a set of laws that profoundly influenced the country's present-day legal code.
CONTACTS:
Armenian Embassy
2225 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-319-1976; fax: 202-319-2982
www.armeniaemb.org