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#1 Yervant1

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:18 AM

TWO ELEPHANTS MARRY IN ARMENIA

Russia Today, Russia
Dec 16 2007

The zoo in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, has marked the wedding of two
elephants - Grand and Candy. Hundreds of guests attended the ceremony,
complete with traditional Indian dances.

The bride came all the way from Moscow. She was a star of Moscow's
Animal Theatre, but abandoned her career to be with the elephant
she loved.

New living quarters were built at the zoo especially for the newlyweds.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 01:54 PM

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The bride from the North: Armenia’s bachelor elephant gets a wife from Russia
By Marianna Grigoryan
ArmeniaNow reporter

Armenia’s bachelor elephant, who has been desperate for a wife already for several years, has finally found his match.



The “wedding of the year” between Grand and Masha from Russia took place at Yerevan’s Zoo on Sunday and proceeded in a pompous atmosphere in the presence of hundreds of guests.

“It is the greatest and most awaited festival for us,” Zoo Director Sahak Abovyan told ArmeniaNow. “We have waited for this day for many years; we have gone through different problems and stories.”

The Yerevan Zoo is home to more than 2,300 animals today. The number of animals increases from year to year. But finding a partner for Grand was not an easy thing to do as it appeared to have reached a deadlock in recent years.

Grand, sponsored by Grand Holding, was brought to Armenia in November 1999 and it’s been several years since he reached his puberty. But every time brides intended for him could not arrive in Armenia for different reasons.

“If Grand remained lonely for a little longer, he would have faced serious physiological problems,” Grand Holding President Hrant Vardanyan told ArmeniaNow. “Before this we tried to get a bride from India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, but every time we encountered problems.”

A few years ago, India’s prime minister promised to gift an elephant to Armenia, however the elephant named Komala intended for Armenia had poisoning at the native Bangalore Zoo and died. The next was Veda, who did not reach Armenia because of protests from local environmentalists who cited “severe climatic conditions in Armenia.”

“I think Masha, who has already been renamed Candy, is a good match for our Grand. Her transportation to Armenia cost about $150,000, which is not a particularly big sum for me,” Hrant Vardanyan explained. “We hope that Grands and Candies will be born in two or three years to our common delight. And now we should rejoice at today’s wedding.”

On that day Yerevan Zoo was decorated with balloons, wedding ribbons and special banners symbolizing the elephants’ love.

The marrying couple was not attending their own wedding ceremony though -- “to avoid unnecessary trouble”, but it did not prevent those present to have fun at the symbolic wedding celebrated according to Armenian, Indian and Russian traditions, with humans dressed in colorful elephant clothes posing as the marrying couple.

“Our bride is from Russia, however she is an honest and modest girl and will not let us down,” the host of the wedding party declared from the improvised stage in the center of the Zoo announcing the start of the ceremony, as he wished “good health, love and solidarity” to the marrying couple.

Then the organizers began distributing candies from wedding trays and tarosiks (small presents given to unmarried guests of the wedding party).

“A good, traditional Armenian family is being formed today. Our Candy is a virgin and according to Armenian traditions after the wedding night we will distribute red apples among all,” Vardanyan said. “It remains only to wish them to grow old on the same pillow.”

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Edited by Harut, 17 December 2007 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2007 - 02:10 PM

Too bad and sad that bears don't get this kind of treatment. wink.gif tongue.gif I'm upset!

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:35 PM

They should start sending Russian women. wink.gif

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 05:45 PM

A whale of a wedding! Or, shall we say - an elephantine elopement!! biggrin.gif How abour- pigheru party? smile.gif
Here is the bridal procession.
http://hyeforum.com/...amp;hl=marathon
And here is the bridal party and music. Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini.
http://video.aol.com...walk/1295402307
tongue.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif wink.gif huh.gif
And, as far as Arj-ev@ bats, bear/bare bottom...? Wait till meghralusin/honey-moon. tongue.gif


Edited by Arpa, 17 December 2007 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2007 - 06:09 PM

Achq@ luys lini zuyg Xnamineri
MI BArtsy TSeranan smile.gif VAy BArdz chi Dezi TSeranan

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 06:51 PM

QUOTE(MosJan @ Dec 18 2007, 12:09 AM)
Achq@ luys lini zuyg Xnamineri
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Ayo, ayo MosJan
Harsin piti kermir fstnan hagoutsnenq, yev yergenk - Geghtsen boy@ ketsuts e, hala, hala,... Pr nshanvim esuts e... hala, hala ninno e.
tongue.gif biggrin.gif
Please don't mind my silliness. I love the Musa Ler dialect, the only living dialect of Kilikia. smile.gif apricot.gif
Does anyone still speak the Zeitun dialect?

Edited by Arpa, 17 December 2007 - 07:00 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:28 AM

QUOTE(Arpa @ Dec 17 2007, 04:51 PM)
Ayo, ayo MosJan
Harsin piti kermir fstnan hagoutsnenq, yev yergenk - Geghtsen boy@ ketsuts e, hala, hala,... Pr nshanvim esuts e... hala, hala ninno e.
tongue.gif biggrin.gif
Please don't mind my silliness. I love the Musa Ler dialect, the only living dialect of Kilikia. smile.gif apricot.gif
Does anyone still speak the Zeitun dialect?


Yes... wink.gif





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