One may give a generalized definition to hospitality: it is a friendly and generous behavior towards guests, as dictionary suggests. However, its ways of expression may vary from one country to another, from one culture to another. Most of the hospitality customs around the globe are very similar, such as offering a drink or food to a guest, and many others, but sometimes these customs may even take extreme turns and cause cultural shock. For instance, in Ethiopian culture there is a tradition called gursha, which involves wrapping food in a flatbread and placing it in the mouth of the dinner companion. In Russia, guests may be invited to play a game called “Man Down”, which is a drinking game, but it ends when only one of the guests remain standing. Sometimes the differences of customs between cultures may even be opposing to each other, such as most societies have strict etiquette rules of dining, however, in some western societies, particularly in Japan, making slurping sounds while eating is a way of showing that one enjoys their meal. All of the currently existing hospitality customs have passed centuries, and in the ancient cultures, hospitality traditions differed from the modern ones. In most of the ancient societies, hospitality was not just an expression of good manners, but a huge moral institution taught from the childhood. For instance, travelling in ancient times was a lengthy and arduous process, and it was widely accepted that visitors and travelers should rely on the hospitality of strangers and could expect them to offer them food, drinks and place to stay. Ancient Greeks believed that Gods wanted them to be hospitable, and they would be punished if they turned away from visitors. Some of the ancient customs are believed to be vital for how the hospitality has progressed; for instance, it is believed that that tea drinking culture has started in China. Surely, most of you have experienced the difference of hospitality customs while traveling and visiting locals’ houses. Tell these stories to us in any social platform by adding #Comeonamyhouse
Come on-a my house initiative is challenging the all kind and hospitable people! The purpose of the challenge is to spread kindness and hospitality. Do you want to participate and win the challenge? Then,
- Comment #comeonamyhouse under this post
- Share this post
- Go out and invite one of your old friends or a stranger to your HOUSE
- Film the all process of challenge and post it on Facebook till the 15th of September, 2018, 23:59 using #comeonamyhouse and #SaroyanChallenge hashtags.
-Get as much likes as you can! Most liked challenge video will win!
Don' forget to invite and challenge your 3 friends.
THE WINNER WILL GET
- A trip to the USA and opportunity to visit The William Saroyan House-Museum. (If he/she is from Armenia)
- A trip to Armenia and opportunity to visit various historical and cultural sights and enjoy Armenian generous hospitality! (if he/she is from abroad).
Kind - "originally "with the feeling of relatives for each other, from *kunjam* which means "family". Being kind means treating each other as a family.
1. Christmas truce between French, German and British soldiers during World War I. The temporary ceasefires allowed the homesick troops to trade prisoners, collect dead or wounded comrades, swap cigarettes and food and even sing carols and play football together. It was seen as a symbolic moment of peaceful humanity during one of the most violent events in human history.
2. 100 Londoners lift bus to save a trapped cyclist. “I'm really amazed at the strength of Walthamstow – no one hesitated to push the bus off, I was in shock. Everyone really came together to help - it was really nice to see that in the face of something so awful.”- said the cyclist.
3. Shavarsh Karapetyan saving the lives of 20 people from sinking trolleybus which had gone out of control and fallen to the Yerevan lake. The trolleybus lay at the depth of 10 metres (33 ft). Karapetyan swam to it and broke the back window with his legs. The trolleybus carried 92 passengers and Karapetyan knew he had little time, spending some 30 to 35 seconds for each person he saved.
4. Rescuing a Kitten During War. Despite having seen all the atrocities of war, one soldier still took the time to feed a kitten with a pipette to rescue him.
5. Security guard who asked autographs from little girls. The kindergarten guard asked the same question of many little Princesses: ‘Excuse me Princess, can I have your autograph.’ He had a book filled with children’s scribbles, each girl was happy from the fact that the guard thought she was a real princess.
6. An 8-year-old bought dinner for a cop. Mikayla Raji was eating with her mom at a pizzeria in New Jersey when she spotted a cop, Patrol Officer Quinn, picking up some food for dinner. Raji greeted Quinn and then asked her mom to pay for his food. According to the Jamesburg Police Department, Raji leaned over to her mom and said that she insisted on buying his dinner.
7. An act of sportsmanship. Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was in first place during a cross-country race. When he was some 10 meters away from the end of the race, he mistakenly thought he had crossed the finish line and won the race - so he slowed down - giving Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya the chance to overtake him and claim victory. Instead, Fernandez caught up to his rival and guided him to the finish line - choosing honesty and sportsmanship over victory.
8. An act of forgiveness. On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II survived an attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Just four days later, John Paul publicly forgave his would-be assassin, saying that he’d actually already forgiven the Turkish man - Mehmet Ali Agca - when he was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital in a serious condition. This historical good deed shows that forgiveness is always possible.
9. Wladyslaw Szpilman, the talented Polish pianist on whom the movie The Piano was based,was hiding during World War II. In 1944, he was discovered by a German officer. Szpilman expected to be turned in, but in an act of kindness, Hosenfeld did the exact opposite - he helped Szpilman evade capture, bringing him food for sustenance and giving him a safe refuge.
10. Princess Diana shaking the hand of a man with AIDS. In 1987, the rhetoric around AIDS was fear-inducing and alarmist. The public were unsure about the nature of the disease, how dangerous it was and how it could be transmitted. When Princess Diana visited a hospital in London, she was photographed shaking the hand of a patient suffering from AIDS without gloves.
11. Japanese pensioners who volunteered to work in Fukushima. After the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, a group of 200 Japanese pensioners volunteered to face the dangers of radiation instead of the young.
12. The actions of Saint Teresa. The work carried out by this Roman Catholic nun was so prolific that she is now what most us think of when we hear the word ‘saint’. She dedicated her life to kindness, opening homes and offering support for the sick, the homeless, orphans, those suffering from leprosy and other marginalised groups.
13. The actions of Harold Lowe, who manned the only lifeboat that returned to the wreck of the Titanic. Harold Lowe, a 29-year-old officer on board the Titanic, was the only person who returned to the site of the shipwreck to save survivors. Despite fearing that the his boat would be swamped by desperate people and eventually drowned, Lowe turned his boat around and went back, saving as many as six people from the freezing sea.
14. Pay it forward movement - This movement encourages everyone to do three unprompted good deeds for three different people – such as giving someone an umbrella when it’s raining or paying for a coffee anonymously – and asking nothing in return except that the person ‘pay it forward’.
15. Texas students blocked protesters from demonstrating at a soldier’s funeral. -Hundreds of students from this university formed a human wall around the funeral service of a soldier who had attended the university to protect his family from protesters. The Westboro Baptist Church frequently protest the funeral of soldiers as they believe that God punishes soldiers due to America’s tolerance of homosexuality. The human wall meant that the soldier’s family could lay him to rest in peace.
16. Football player buys $17k worth of toys for disadvantaged children.- Andre Johnson, a receiver for the Houston Texans, spends thousands of dollars annually on toys for children under the care of Child Protective Services. Twelve children and their siblings were given 80 seconds to grab whatever toys they wanted in a huge toy store, and the bill was picked up by the footballer. He does this every Christmas.
17. Railroad track inspector Josh Cyganik overheard two teens making fun of 75-year-old Leonard Bullock’s house and could not just sit by and listen. Josh used Facebook to find volunteers who would be willing to help paint the outside of the old man’s house. More than 95 people replied to Josh’s call for help!
18. Raoul Wallenberg saving nearly 100,000 Jews in and around Budapest from being deported to Auschwitz, ultimately at the cost of his own life during World War II.
19. Jonas Salk, inventor of the Polio vaccine, refused to patent his invention in order to keep the cost low. He basically forfeted 7 billion dollard in order to save as many lives as possible.
20. Tom Crist, who won 40$ million in the Lottomax jackpot and, having lost his wife to cancer two years prior, chose to donate the entire prize to cancer charities.
21. In 2008, Connecticut, two unknown men wearing golf shirts approached people who were filling up on their gas tanks and handed them $ 100 dollar bills. They gave also a card with the message, "Re-fueling for our community" signed by "The gas men". No one knows who they are.
22. Victor Lukyanov collects bus tickets from passengers in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He became famous because of his nice manners and actions. He would say "Thank you" to riders in 79 different languages and even paid for those who gave up their seats to elderly riders. However, the nastiness of some people on the bus eventually became unbearable and he decided to quit. Many people supported him and did not want him to leave; even his boss asked him to stay.
23. A six-year-old autistic boy, Glenn Buratti, wanted to celebrate his birthday, but not a single person showed up to the party. His mom wrote about it on Facebook, and in a few hours dozens of policeman and firefighters came to congratulate the boy.
24. Daniel Black was paralyzed after a bicycle accident and raised $22.000 for a revolutionary operation that would have enabled him to walk again. Then he read about six year old Brecon Vaughan who had celebral plasy and needed a similar operation. Black donated each and every pence he had raised to Brecon's cause.
25. And for the end - do it for yourself! When you are kind to another person, your brain pleasure and reward centers light up as if you were the recipient of the good deed – not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
“Renaissance” cultural and intellectual foundation is a
non-profit organization, does not pursue commercial benefit. It acts on the basis of international treaties of RA, according to the constitution of RA and is available
around the country. “Intellectual Renaissance” and “Cultural Renaissance” foundations were found in 2013 and 2014 and were operating separately until 2017. In 2017, the foundations have united and are continuing their work as “Renaissance” cultural and intellectual foundation.
The foundation works on preserving, developing and sharing Armenian intellectual and cultural heritage. To this aim, our foundation has implemented a number of projects, such as:
Saroyan House | Purchase of William Saroyan’s house to transform it into a house-museum
Armenianmusic.am | Armenian National Musical Treasury
Narekatsi.com | Creation of a website about Gregory of Narek
Contribution to the development of the Armenian Wikipedia
Contribution to the Armenian translation of “Khan Academy”
Publications and republication of books
Donation of books to Matenadaran
Installation of statues