HOLLYWOOD, FL – On Sunday, September 23, Armenia’s Independence Day was celebrated with much enthusiasm by all of the children, parishioners and visitors at St. Mary Armenian Church in Hollywood, FL. The ceremony included a blessing of the Armenian and U.S. flags, a procession, and the raising of the flags. Graciously, Ara Kocharyan and Suren Hairapetyan sponsored and prepared the traditional Armenian Khorovadz (BBQ) of the day. Anny Yaghdjian cooked the rice-pilaf, and other parishioners assisted in preparing and serving the luncheon. Many thanks to all our lovely sponsors and volunteers for a memorable Independence Day celebration.
Educators in Montgomery, Alabama learned ‘All About Armenians’ at a conference this summer, when Audrey Pilafian, Sunday School Superintendent at St. Mary Armenian Church of Hollywood, Florida presented a workshop under that title.
The 50 participating teachers — members of the Alpha Delta Kappa society for women educators – entered the auditorium to the sounds of Gomidas melodies played by Pilafian on the cello.
Aided by multimedia resources provided by Gildak Kupelian, director of the Eastern Diocese’s Armenian Studies department, the educators viewed presentations on ancient Armenia and its geography, its role as the world’s first Christian nation, the Armenian alphabet, the battle of Avarayr, the Armenian Genocide, and prominent Armenians in the arts and various professions.
The day closed with educators joining in a line dance and enjoying a reception of Armenian pastries. “Many teachers commented that the session inspired a new interest in Armenia,” said Audrey Pilafian,“ and several intend to include Armenia in their cultural studies classes in the coming year.”