In2003, theArmenian Gevorg Avetisjanfounded with his sister the Czech companyinFrydek-Mistek which produces honey cakesMARLENKA®basedonan old Armenian family recipe.In honorofmothers and daughters owner got cakenameMARLENKA.At the timeofits inception, the company has one employee, but year after yearitisdynamically growing.
The numberofemployees after the launchofthe second production hall is 85and the annual productionis250,000cakes.At the endof2008 the numberofemployees increasesto186, the production runsincontinuous processtomeet the demand and the annual production reaches1,250,000piecesofcakes.
To increase the levelofhygiene standards andtomeetagrowing customer´s demand,itwas decidedtoinvestina modern operating plant.
In April 2009,itcompletedanew, modern production hall withanareaof4,000 square meters.
Production hall concealsafully automatic production line, designedinthe Netherlands, whichisby its functionality only oneinthe world and its production capacityis1000 cakes per hour.In2014another production hall was additionally builttothe original building, thankstowhich the total built-up area reached 8,000square meters.
A fully automated production line for Napoleonky (preparationofpuff dough, baking and decoration sections and packaging line) and for favoriteMARLENKA® nuggets was installedinthe new factory.
The installationofthese machines has ledtoa considerable increaseinthe efficiencyofproduction capacity.Asthe yearof2014isa yearofmajor changes, the name of Miko International Ltd.has been changedtoMARLENKA International Ltd.
The feast, traditionally known as Vardavar, is marked in the period between June 28 and August 1 to coincide with the 98th day following Easter. It is one of the Tabernacle feasts commemorating the transformation or the “transfiguration” that came over Jesus while He was praying. Christ’s face shone like the sun and his clothes became a radiant and gleaming white. The Apostles Peter, James and John witnessed that event which occurred on a high mountain named Tabor, Qahana.am reports.
Evangelists St. Matthew, St. Mark and St. Luke testify about the transfiguration of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:1-12, Luke 9:28-36).
“... As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun and his clothes were dazzling white. Then the three disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased – listen to him!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid!” So they looked up and saw no one there but Jesus. (Matthew 17:2-8)
A week’s fasting precedes Vardavar. The following Monday is a day of commemoration. All the churches serve a liturgy and offer a funeral service in memory of the deceased.
The word Vardavar traces its origins back to the Indo-European roots var, meaning water, a ar- to drench. Its history dates from the pagan times, a period when it was closely associated with the Goddess Astghik, the symbol of water, love, fertility and beauty. Vardavar was celebrated with a great splendor, with people bringing along roses as a gift to the goddess, releasing doves into the sky and drenching one another with water. The latter tradition has survived to our days.
Vardavar is a favorite feast especially among children, although adults too, turn out not absolutely indifferent to cool water, especially in the hot summer season. The feast is celebrated in all the regions across Armenia but meets a warmer welcome especially in the north-eastern regions. Since 2015, the International Vardavar Festival is annually organized in Geghard and Garni (Kotayk region), historical sites of Armenian pagan monuments.