All You Can Sing and Eat
The Cultural Committee of the Armenian Community of the Northern Emirates is pleased to invite you to a unique gathering to enjoy a light dinner while singing on the tunes of Armenian Pop songs.
The event will take place on Friday the 6th of March 2009 at Pierre Keusseyan Community Hall starting 8.00 pm onwards.
It is advisable to book your places by calling to Mr. Datev Soulian 06-5660320.
You are all encouraged to join us with the members of your family and sing our popular songs.
The Cultural Committee of the Armenian Community of Northern Emirates
Original announcement (PDF format, English and Armenian)
In order to expect better results from educators or to bring other educators from abroad I think the School work should not be a volunteer work and it should be paid work, so at least we can demand better results.
A good solution for our students maybe is the daily Armenian school idea, which has been discussed for a long time now, but there must be honest discussion about how this can work out.
We need to attract the students with extra-curriculum activities. They should not come to the school forced by their families. New methods should be introduced in the educational system to make talking and learning Armenian more fun.
Posted as comment after the following article: Sharjah: A new community approach adopted by the School?s Board of Trustees
I am thankful for the comments made at the occasion of the “Ghavourma” event organized by the Board of Trustees of Ohannesian School with the active participation of the six female teachers, without whom that event would not have succeeded.
Allow me to make few clarifications:
1. The Board of Trustees has not volunteered nor has been given the task “to take care of the entertainment and the social needs of the community”. The “Ghavourma” event had indirectly a pedagogical objective. The target was hit.
2. As a member of the Board, I assure you that until now The Board hasn?t lost neither its educational nor its pedagogical focus and trust the members, they won't lose focus in the months to come.
a) I appreciate Azad-Hye being concerned and worried. Just to remind the readers, right after the “Ghavourma” and Bingo event the teachers, with the support of the Board, organized few more events, educational and social, which have been well accepted by the school children as well as their parents. All the past events (and the events to come) have been decided weeks before the “Ghavourma” dinner event. Read more (including our comment)
For two weeks Professor Mrs. Julietta Gulamirian (PhD in Pedagogical Sciences), author of pre-school Armenian textbooks for Diaspora schools, has been the guest of the Ohannesian Armenian School of Sharjah.
During this time, she delivered several lectures (some for the teachers and others for a the parents and wider audience).
The last lecture of these series will take place on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 08:00pm in the Armenian Community Hall in Sharjah. See announcement here (PDF format, in Armenian, nicely prepared flyer).
The lecture will be followed by constructive conversation about educational methods.
Gulamirian will also summarize here 2 weeks fact-finding mission in our community and will highlight some of her recommendations.
At this important point we would like to inform you that Azad-Hye has decided to pay more attention to our UAE Armenian two schools (Sharjah and Abu Dhabi).
For this purpose a School Support Unit has been established.
Here are some of the ideas that instigated the creation of the School Support Unit: Read more
The Armenian community weekly schools in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi (UAE) are functioning for more than 25 years now.
Dubai and Northern Emirates Armenian annual ball took place at the ?Al Bustan Rotana Hotel?, Grand Rashidiya ballroom, Dubai, on Thursday, 19th February 2009 from 09:00pm onwards.
Specially invited for this occasion was singer Koko Asaian from Aleppo (Syria) accompanied by Sbidag band.
In a bid to attract more people (having in mind the current worldwide economic crisis), the entrance fee this year was AED 300 (US$ 82) per person (compared to AED 375 in 2008). Beverage rates were also reduced. All at the expense of the food quality. No Armenian dishes were served (although the distributed commemorative book included more than 30 culinary delights, mostly for demonstration purposes). The number of attendants this year was 380 (30% less than last year). Read more
AGBU Young Professionals ? UAE Chapter is a professional network for young Armenians eager to interact with professional and like-minded young Armenians in matters related to current events, challenges, concerns and issues.
As part of a growing global network, the AGBU Young Professionals in the UAE is a forum for Armenians interested in professional development, and support of Armenia and Armenians through education, business development and entrepreneurship. The AGBU Young Professionals — UAE Chapter will organize activities in the UAE and interact with young Armenian professionals in the Middle East and internationally. The AGBU Young Professionals in the UAE will also partner with other YP programs worldwide and participate in international events such as FOCUS.
To learn more about AGBU Young Professionals please check our website: www.agbu.org/yp
Come join the Armenian Young Professionals of the UAE for their kickoff social event next Friday 27 February 2009. We'll be taking the outdoor sunken terrace at Calabar in Downtown Burj Dubai. Read more
A calendar is a system of organizing days for different purposes. It has social, religious, commercial or administrative use.
But for Abu Dhabi Weekly Armenian school a calendar serves as more than just a tool for organizing days. It is a combination of a visual tour, brief national history, social review, work of art and several other elements besides being the fruit of dedicated work and inspiration.
As we mention inspiration, we come to know the person who motivates the whole process: Gulizar Jonian, the Principal of the school.
Click each month below and you will see the details of the calendar. First, you will have a good reference for Armenian religious and national celebrations. Then you will notice the birthday of each student according to the month. Read more
Տէղի պիտի ունենայ Չորեքշաբթի 25, Հինգշաբթի 26 եւ Ուրբաթ 27 Փետրուար 2009-ին:
Այս տարուայ Քերմէսին տէղի պիտի ունենայ`
1-Միշտ համեղ եւ իւրայատուկ համ ու հոտ ունեցող տիկնացի պատրաստած ընթրիքներ
Each year the liturgical calendar lists many occasions for observing Paregentan (good living). One such occasion is Poun Paregentan (Main or Prime Good Living). The name rings for all people with a joyful sound. It is the signal for the start of the abstinence. It serves as a joyous celebration as a counter-balance to the burdensome weeks of abstinence (lent). It is a toast for long life, health and success. It is a heartfelt expression of an attitude toward loved ones, disclosed in gatherings and around bountiful tables.
This year paregentan is marked on 22 February 2009
The Peace Service (Khaghaghagan), the Rest Service (Hanksdyan), and the Sunrise Service (Arevakal) are performed more often during Lent than at other times of the year. In popular terms Peace and Rest services are combined and called Hsgoum.
Peace Service, performed in the late evening, contains prayers for peace at the end of the day. Rest Service, which comes just before retiring for the night, asks God's continuing care through the night. Sunrise Service, performed first thing in the morning, reminds us that God is the giver of the light of the morning and the light of salvation.
The Great Lent (Medz Bahq) is 48 days from the day that followes Poun Paregentan until the morning before the Easter (this year it starts from 23 February 2009 until the morning of 12 April 2009). The main part of the Lent is between Poun Paregentan and Palm Sunday “Dzaghgazart” (6 weeks), followed by the Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Holy Easter (total 7 weeks).
With the support of the Embassy of Armenia in the United Arab Emirates, famous Armenian jazz players and singers will be performing in the 7th edition of Dubai International Jazz Festival organized by Chillout Productions from 18 to 27 February 2009 (the Armenian musicians cover the period form 18 to 24 February 2009).
“We celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Armenian Jazz last year. We will be participating in the Dubai International Jazz Festival with 18 musician. This is a great opportunity for the music lovers and the general public in the UAE to know about our jazz traditions. It reflects the fact that jazz is a very popular form of music in Armenia”, said HE Vahagn Melikian, Ambassador of Armenia in the UAE. Read more
Armenian football club Pyunik is camping in Ras Al Khaimah with complete set of players since Sunday 15 February 2009 for two weeks.
The team plans to have two friendly matches with local clubs.
Sargis Hovsepian, Robert Arzoumanian, Karen Dokhoyan and other known players are in the team.
Pyunik has won the Championship of Armenian clubs ten times since it was founded in 1992.
Website: http://www.fcpyunik.am/ (in Armenian only)
For the purpose of improving the educational level of the educational staff, the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Ohannesian Weekly School in Sharjah has invited an expert from Armenia who will be delivering lectures to the educational staff and to those interested in educational subjects.
Lectures will start on 14 February 2009 and will continue for two weeks, totally 6 lectures.
The lecturer is Professor Julietta Gulamirian, Ph D in Pedagogical Sciences.
Please contact Mr. Datev Soulian at the community center number 06 5660320 in Sharjah for more details and the exact dates of the lectures.
Original announcement (PDF format, in Armenian)
Armavia Airline is increasing the number of weekly flights operated between Yerevan and Dubai from three to four.
U8 303/304 flights will be operated on the following days:
Established in 1999, Armenia TV is the largest private television company in Armenia. It considers itself as a free, independent and transparent media entity, with fair and balanced news reporting and documentary programming. It is available in large parts of the world and has the status of the most-watched Armenian television station in the world.
Armenia TV is now available in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East free to air on HOTBIRD at the following parameters:
Satellite ? HOTBIRD 13 degrees East
Get more info from the website www.armeniatv.am
Traditional Armenian fire festival: Diarnentarach / Tiarnendarach
This very old Armenian feast dates back to pagan times and is celebrated on 14 February, 40 days after the Armenian Christmas.
The main ceremony is a bonfire, symbolizing the coming of spring, the youth, the love, the fertility, the blessing of newly married couples. The fire symbolizes the light, the warmth, the joy and also the protector against evil.
Usually the young people would light fire in the yard. People gather around the fire and young couples jump through the fire, followed by children and adults. After the fire is extinguished, eating, dancing and party begin.
Diarnentarch will be celebrated on Thursday, 12th February 2009, at 7.00 – 8.30 pm, in St Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Sharjah.
Armenian Ohannesian school children also will be involved in the celebrations. On the same evening (12 February 2009) from 06:00 – 09:30 they will participate in games and extra-curriculum activities inside the community center and when time comes for the fire festivities they will be invited to play their part. They will be throwing old and useless socks and hats onto the fire.
Parents will have the chance to buy traditional Armenian foodstuff on display in the church yard.
Announcements in PDF format (English and Armenian)
We have added three more titles (Saint Sarkis, Diarnentarach and Paregentan) in our list of Armenian religious traditions here.