By Taleen Babayan and Florence Avakian
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — With the beautiful Manhattan skyline serving as the backdrop, the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) hosted a welcoming reception for Ambassador Garen Nazarian, the new ambassador of Armenia to the United Nations at the Palisadeum Banquet Hall in on Friday, January 22.
The evening also served as a commemoration for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia.
Present for this special recognition was Armenia’s Defense Attache in Washington, DC Lt. Col. Mesrop Nazarian, and his wife Rusanna Nazarian.
Cultural segments were infused into the program throughout the evening, consisting of singing by Ani Djirdjirian, Jenny Sarian and Diana Sarian, as well as poetry readings by Nora Armani and Jirayr Papazian. The Akhtamar Dance Ensemble of St. Thomas performed their signature “flag dance” adorned in red, blue and orange costumes while proudly waving the Armenian flag.
“We believe in the Armenian language and the Armenian culture,” said Master of Ceremonies Hagop Vartivarian. “We try our best to maintain and preserve it.”
Welcoming guests to the dinner reception, Vartan Ilanjian, a member of TCA NY/NJ chapter, said that during the first days of independence of Armenia in 1991, the TCA established itself there and that many Armenians joined the TCA there. “The TCA continues to strengthen the Armenian cultural framework,” he said.