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Vardavar Walt Disney

Vardavar Walt Disney

Did you watch “Vardavar!,” Disney’s episode centered on the traditional Armenian festival, Vardavar?

“Vardavar!” is the second segment of the fifty-sixth episode of Mickey Mouse Funhouse. It premiered on March 1, 2024 alongside “The Trail Less Traveled” and is the second segment of the second episode of the third season.

Mickey Mouse Funhouse contains an episode fully themed around Vardavar and which contains Armenian words. This episode features the story “Vardavar!” written by Kathleen Sarnelli Kapukchyan—an Armenian married to an Armenian. It was written for her young son in the Armenian Film Society.

This marks the first-ever representation of Armenian culture at Disney. The episode centers around Minnie Mouse, who wears the wrong outfit to celebrate Vardavar. The episode is officially described as “Minnie faces a fashion faux pas when she realizes she’s wearing the wrong outfit to celebrate Vardavar, a traditional Armenian festival involving water games and celebrations. Will Minnie be able to find the perfect attire in time to join in the festivities?

The episode was also chock-full of cultural references: Minnie donning an Armenian taraz, Armenian being spoken throughout the whole thing, and even appearances of Chip and Dale, who were selling tahn while they were cooking khorovats.

What is Vardavar?

Vardavar is a fun and popular festival in Armenia that has a deep history going back to ancient times. It started as a way to honor Astghik, the goddess of water, love, and fertility, showing how much the old Armenian culture cared about nature. When Armenia became Christian, Vardavar changed a bit to fit with the new religion, but it kept its core spirit. Now, we celebrate it about 14 weeks after Easter, mixing the old pagan roots with its Christian twist.

The coolest part of Vardavar is how everyone throws water at each other, no matter who they are. Imagine walking through the streets, parks, and all over towns and cities, where everyone is laughing and having a great time splashing water. It’s a way to feel refreshed, have fun, and bring people together.

But it’s not just about the water fights. Vardavar is also a time when music, dance, and traditional games light up the day, showing off Armenia’s rich culture. It’s a special moment that connects the old traditions with today’s life, making everyone feel proud and united.

Celebrating Vardavar is a beautiful way to keep the ancient traditions alive, strengthen friendships, and show pride in being Armenian. It’s a unique day that blends history with fun, welcoming everyone to join in the celebration.

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