LOS ANGELES–A unique undertaking dedicated to Armenian heritage–organized by Western America’s Hamazkayin Regional Executive–took place on October 14–at the Ararat Home. Each historic region of Armenia was presented through its unique music–dances as well as traditional uniforms–which were presented by 38 youth throughout the event.
The event was intended to exhibit the Armenian identity through arts and in accordance with the following principles; to preserve the Armenian culture–to present and remind us about the good manners–and to introduce today’s Armenia’s to the unique traditions of the past.
Anahid Boulanikian (in English) and Carmen Der-Garabedian (in Armenian) narrated a lovely and educational performance conducted by the youth who presented traditional Armenian dance–and garb and educated the audience about the rich traditions of the ancient Armenia’s.
In his opening remarks–Haig Boyajian said that many Armenian young people are not interested in Armenian cultural values and urged everybody educate themselves and to participate in organizations like Hamazkayin.
A committee of twelve women–researched and implemented the historic and traditional foods–music–and garb for the event. Hostess Rita Demirjian in her opening remarks pointed out that although not all the uniforms and dances are completely accurate–the committee did their best.
Montreal’s Hamazkayin chapter contributed greatly to the event by providing various uniforms for the second year.
All the dances were choreographed by Suzy Barseghian Darbinian and Eghia Hasholian and were performed by the Ani Dance Group. The event was concluded by the Regional Executive Chairman Hrair Garabedian. In his speech he stressed the importance of staying loyal to ones roots. He urged everybody to dig deep into their past and discover all the rich treasures that Armenia’s possess. Garabedian thanked all the women who contributed and gave flower bouquets to Shoghig Arslanian–Rita Demirjian and Nelly Darakjian. He called on everybody to continue to support Hamazkayin in its efforts to keep the Armenian cultural heritage alive.
The Ararat Home gardens were full of guests–and everybody was enjoying the traditional Armenian harisa and lavash. Various artists–such as Mary Chaghlasian–Gogher Baghdut–Norik Dilanjian and Balints presented their works.
The event was truly a success. All the organizers as well as others who contributed to Hamazkayin must be congratulated.