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About Town – A Day in NYC

About Town – A Day in NYC

After I attended the lecture by Hazel Antaramian at St. Vartan Cathedral I took a taxi to Greenwich Village, NYC to attend the Closing Ceremony of Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York at the Tenri Cultural Institute.

April 11th, 2014

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Memories of Past Christmases in Iran

Memories of Past Christmases in Iran

BY CATHERINE YESAYAN
On a misty December day in Glendale this year, I was jolted back in time 50 years to my childhood Christmases in Tehran. The experience was evoked upon the sight of the beautiful holiday décor arranged by Glendale School Board member Mary Boger in their living room. Mrs. Boger’s home was one of [...]

December 31st, 2013

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A Film Festival Not to Miss

A Film Festival Not to Miss

Halloween, pumpkin patches, and fallen leaves are images that come to mind when I think of autumn. Festivals are other images associated with that time of the year. Among all Fall Festivals – from October Fest to Harvest Fest – there’s one that I don’t want to miss: that’s the Arpa International Film Festival.

October 23rd, 2013

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A Stroll through Yerevan on Independence Day

A Stroll through Yerevan on Independence Day

Saturday September 21, is Armenian Independence Day, which I’d say holds a special place in the hearts of all Armenians. It certainly does for me. The day signifies an important milestone, the realization of a dream held for generations that suddenly and unexpectedly happened 22 years ago after the fall of the Soviet Union.

September 19th, 2013

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Experiencing Traditional Holidays in Armenia

Experiencing Traditional Holidays in Armenia

Am I lucky or what? Last year while I was doing a research online for a column about the “Water Feast,” an old Armenian tradition of dousing each other with water, I found pictures taken in Yerevan showing kids throwing buckets of water. I wished that one day I could be there in person, watching those kids in action and taking my own pictures.

December 28th, 2012

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One Life is not Enough for Yerevan

One Life is not Enough for Yerevan

“UNA VIDA ES POCO PARA BARCELONA…” “One life is not enough for Barcelona,” this is a motto I have on aT-shirt I bought in Barcelona a few years back.

December 11th, 2012

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A stroll in Yerevan on Independence Day

A stroll in Yerevan on Independence Day

Friday, September 21 was Independence Day for Armenia. Two days earlier, I had taken a taxi to Zvartnotz airport to pick up my cousins who were coming from Denmark for their first visit in Armenia.

October 1st, 2012

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A Concert At Cafesjian Center In Yerevan

A Concert At Cafesjian Center In Yerevan

Gurdjieff is an Armenian mystic and a scholar of the early 20th century. He believed that humans can transcend to higher levels of consciousness by improving their self-awareness.

September 24th, 2012

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‘Voices from Vanadzor’

‘Voices from Vanadzor’

When you arrive in Armenia, you are ushered to far flung places around the country to see the vestiges of an ancient kingdom that once spread across the land, dotted with thousands of world’s oldest churches and monasteries. Vanadzor, the third most populated city in Armenia, is not one of those places.

September 20th, 2012

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A Camp at Proshyan Village

A Camp at Proshyan Village

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being at the opening ceremony of a day-camp at Proshyan village about 12 km outside of Yerevan. We arrived at around 11:30 a.m. at the village. Our driver took us directly to the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) center where boys and girls were playing in front of the two story building.

August 29th, 2012

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The Kids Named the Lodge ‘Parev-Doon’

The Kids Named the Lodge ‘Parev-Doon’

It was around 8:30 p.m. when I arrived at “Parev-Doon,” a hostel-type lodging in Yerevan. The aromas of homemade lasagna and pizza filled the air.

August 10th, 2012

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Rediscovering Hayastan

Rediscovering Hayastan

When I was growing up in Iran, Armenia was a Republic of the Soviet Union and a forbidden travel destination. By the 1980s, a small wedge had been created inside the “Iron Curtain.”

August 2nd, 2012

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Armenians of Issy-les-Moulineaux

Armenians of Issy-les-Moulineaux

BY CATHERINE YESSAYAN
One of the main reasons I decided to visit Paris on my way to Armenia was to learn and write about the small community of Armenians living in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a suburb located on the southwest edge of Paris.
My father’s family moved from Tehran to Paris when he was 9 or 10, and they [...]

July 20th, 2012

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Youth and Genocide Commemoration Events

Youth and Genocide Commemoration Events

What do you do when it’s pouring outside? The first Sunday of spring, March 25, was an unusual rainy day. Since I was not inspired to do anything I stayed home and watched TV.

April 23rd, 2012

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