Trndez is also know as Tyarndarach and Candlemas Day, a holiday with Pagan roots symbolizing the coming of spring and fruitfulness. When Christianity was adopted in Armenia in 301 AD it was replaced as “coming towards the Lord” and celebrated 40 days after the birth of Christ on February 14th. It is also a holiday for a newly married couple where they jump or “fly” over the fire followed by other family members pushing away all illnesses and misfortunes. However, according to Priest Ter Markos Mangasaryan jumping over the fire has no connection to these superstitions and simply symbolizes joy and happiness for newly-weds and their families. While I was evaluating Trndez for my first time I noticed many people throwing grains of wheat and popcorn into the fire which I found found out is also connected to those who are newly engaged or newly married. If you are ever visiting Armenia during this time of the year, visit Saint Grigor Lusavorich Church or Saint Hovhannes Church in Yerevan to experience this historic Armenian tradition.