MONTEBELLO–Armenian Relief Society Saturday school students from throughout Southern California staged an Armenian history festival on May 16 at Baghramian Hall in Montebello–where through skits and short plays students brought to life important milestones in Armenian history.
This event allowed the participating students to become acquainted with Armenian history–legends and costumes–as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the events which have shaped our nation’s history.
Baghramian Hall was filled with parents of students–ARS members and community leaders. Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian was represented by Very Rev. Krikor Chiftjian.
In her remarks–Western Region ARS Saturday Schools director Janet Garabedian stressed the importance of Saturday schools in providing Armenian education to the younger generation.
ARS Western Regional Executive chairwoman Helen Keosian commended Garabedian and all teachers–administrators and students of Saturday Schools. She specifically thanked the parents of students who take time to encourage their children.
The program included presentation by the Diamond Bar Arpi chapter students who presented a skit on Haig & Bel and Khrimian Hairig; the Riverside chapter presented the story of Ara the handsome and Shamiram; the Orange County Sevan chapter presented the story of Arshak II–while the Pasadena Sosse chapter presented the discovery of the Armenian Alphabet; the San Fernando Valley Anahit chapter presented Davit Peg while the Montebello Nairi chapter reenacted Sardarabad.
The festival concluded with prayers and remarks by Very Rev. Chiftjian.
Saturday School committee members are Annig Sahagian–Siroun Djabourian; Mary Terterian–Shoushig Arakelian and Janet Garabedian.