TCA Arshag Dickranian School Celebrates Armenian Cultural Month

TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School
1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tel: 323-461-4377
Fax: 323-323-461-4247

TCA Arshag Dickranian School Celebrates
Armenian Cultural Month With An All-Day

Event

Los Angeles, October 30, 2013 – In observance of the Armenian Cultural
Month in October, TCA Arshag Dickranian School held an all-day special
celebratory event on Monday, October 28, at the Walter and Laurel Karabian
Hall. The event was organized by the school administration, Armenian
department teachers and music teacher. Honorary guests of the event
included His eminence Arch. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western
Diocese, along with Father Manoug Markarian of St. John Church and School
Board Chairman Mr. George K. Mandossian. Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian,
students, parents, guests, teachers and school staff gathered at the school
courtyard in the morning, anticipating to enjoy a day of various artistic
performances, Armenian food and games.

Prior to the commencement of the celebratory functions at the Walter and
Laurel Karabian Hall, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Aline Bezdigian, conducted
an amusing puppet show for students ranging from Prekindergarten to 3rd
grade. At 11:00 a.m., senior student Nerses Bogosyan delivered the opening
remarks of the event in which he greeted and welcomed the attendants and
guests, stressing upon the significance of the event as a reminder of the
Armenian culture and identity. Next, elementary Armenian teacher Mrs.
Arevik Nazaryan presented the 4th and 5th grade students, who played a
short skit written by Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Bezdigian. Dressed in
traditional Armenian costumes, the children read heartfelt letters to the
great Armenian King Dickran Medz in an emotional performance. Next, the
first special guest of the event, Mrs. Seda Hayrian, a known teacher and TV
host in the past, addressed the students about Armenia and its history.
Mrs. Hayrian talked about Armenian historical figures who played a
significant role in shaping and sustaining the Armenian culture, such as
Mesrob Mashdots and Komitas, and Armenian painters from the Medieval period
who have left a rich heritage for Armenians to admire and be proud of. Mrs.
Hayrian also talked about non-Armenian poets such as Lord Byron who had
learned the Armenian language and culture and have praised them.

After Mrs. Hayrian’s seminar, Armenian Department Chairperson, Mrs. Anahit
Nasoyan, invited Arch. Hovnan Derderian to deliver his message to the
students. Arch. Derderian spoke about the importance of maintaining the
Christian identity of Armenia and concluded his remarks by conducting a
pledge in which students vowed to safeguard their Armenian heritage and
strive to serve their community and motherland. Next, popular Armenian
singer Hovhannes Shahbazyan took the Karabian stage and sang several
Armenian popular songs ending his series with Komitas’s “Horovell” to which
students and parents clapped and cheered, igniting an air of celebration in
the hall.

After Mr. Shahbazyan’s performance, attendants were invited to enjoy the
authentic Armenian dishes and drinks that were served in the courtyard of
the school by students. Attendants and guests mingled together, savoring
the food and music, after which they gathered around the basketball court
to cheer for the 10th and 11th graders in their spirited basketball match.

Following the basketball game, attendants of the event reconvened at the
Karabian Hall for the second part of the program which included recitation
of Armenian poetry arranged by junior high Armenian teacher Mrs. Nazelie
Kojayan, Armenian folk dances presented by the junior high and high school
students and songs performed by the school choir, which was conducted by
music teacher Mr. Keshishian. High school student Armine Gulyan as usual
delighted the guests with her beautiful operatic voice singing the classic
Armenian song “Garmeer Vart” and junior high students recited Armenian
poetry.

Following the various cultural performances, Principal Seraydarian thanked
the teachers, performing students and supportive parents for their effort
and devotion in organizing this event. He also invited parents to
participate in future events and work hand in hand in order to achieve the
school’s noble goals.

The last act of the event was delivered by singer Ani Christy, one of
Armenia’s most famous pop stars, who performed her hit songs, to which
parents and students started a circle dance. Ani Christy ended her
appearance as students joined her on the stage and danced with her during
her last song. The cheerful performance lit the hall with joy and brought
the celebration to a lively end.

TCA Arshag Dickranian School would like to thank Arch. Hovnan Derderian and
Fr. Manoug Markarian for their continuous moral support to the school and
the event’s special guests program host Seda Hayrian and performing artists
Hovhannes Shahbazyan and Ani Christy for devoting their valuable time to
entertain and inspire students. The school also highly appreciates the
generosity of the parents who donated food and funds to support the school
and make the event possible.

Located at 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, the TCA Arshag Dickranian
Armenian School is a federally tax exempt, Pre-K to 12th grade private
educational institution. For more information visit the school’s website

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www.dickranianschool.org.

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