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Armenian Christmas Celebrations in Florida

St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton)

St. Mary Armenian Church (Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood)

St. Hagop Armenian Church (Tampa/Pinellas Park)

Armenian Christmas Liturgy, Blessing of the Waters, Brunch & Children’s Performance This Sunday-Jan.7!

Join us this Sunday, January 7th to celebrate a special Armenian Christmas Badarak, followed by the Blessing of the Waters with godfather Greg Ekizian. Following worship the Women’s Guild invites all to a complimentary Christmas Brunch as we watch our young people perform their Armenian/Christmas songs taught by Suzy Hovhanissian. Please join us for a special Sunday.

Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church (Orlando)

Please Join Us to Celebrate Armenian Christmas, January 7, 2018 – Armenian Christmas Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Water – 10:30 a.m. Following the Soorp Badarak, please join us for a Farewell Luncheon in honor of Fr. Armash, Yeretzgeen Maran, and Nathaniel. For more information about the luncheon, please call Pat Baligian at (407) 438-8433. Luncheon donations: $10.00 per adult; $5.00 for children (5 to 12 years old); Children under 5 years old are free.

Watch the Armenian Christmas Service Broadcast from St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral

On Saturday, January 6th, the Armenian Church observed the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. At St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and performed the “Blessing of Water” ceremony. You can watch the entire Service by clicking below.

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How Armenian Immigrants are Making Their Mark in Ybor City


Alex Mesropian moved to Tampa, Florida from Armenia in his early 20s. He married a local woman of Armenian origin, and together they started successful real estate and property maintenance companies in Ybor City.

The first cigar was rolled in Tampa’s Ybor City in 1885, turning the district into one of Florida’s most renowned immigrant enclaves.

In almost a century and a half since it was founded by a Spaniard who emigrated to Cuba, Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City is morphing into one of Tampa’s entrepreneurial hubs, with a fresh wave of aspiring immigrants channeling the area’s heritage, the Miami Herald says.

The second episode of ‘Making it in America,’ a Florida-wide documentary series that features immigrant entrepreneurs, takes a look at how Ybor City’s immigrant roots continue to deepen. Featured in the video are Panamanian-born Roberto Torres and Mesropian, an Armenian immigrant.

Mesropian and his wife currently employ more than 30 people, he said.

“We ended up owning our own office in Ybor City and we ended up managing at least 30 percent of properties in Ybor City,” Mesropian said.

“My goal is to really wake up younger generations and tell them ‘you can do this.’”

St. Hagop Armenian Church 10th Anniversary Consecration Dance Featuring Ellie Berberian

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Florida Armenians is pleased to invite you to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Hagop Armenian Church, on Saturday night, October 21st at Shahnasarian Hall, 7020 90th Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

Doors open at 7:00pm followed by the serving of an amazing Surf & Turf dinner prepared by Ayda Minassian and Lena Kotchounian at 8:00pm.

The party kicks off at 9:00pm as Elie Berberian and Band take center stage for a night of live Armenian music, dancing, and more! Purchase your tickets today!

Dinner & Dance Prices

$75.00 – Adults (7 PM – 1 AM)
$50.00 – Under 18 (7 PM – 1 AM)
FREE – 12 & Under (kids menu available)

What’s For Dinner

Surf & Turf w/ Hors d’oeuvre
Food will be prepared by Ayda Minassian and Lena Kotchounian

​Dance Only

$50.00 (9 PM -1 AM)​

Schedule

7 PM – Doors will open with mezze on tables
8 PM – Dinner served
9 PM – Elie Berberian and Band ​

For more information about the 10th Anniversary Dance contact Jack Dikranian jdikranian@gmail.com.

To donate to the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Donor Booklet, contact Stepan Serpekian at sserpe9181@aol.com.