Sunday, June 04, 2006

International Childrens' Day and First Republic Day

Yerevan celebrated International Childrens' Day by setting up a major show on the Cascade. I don't know if I've ever seen so many people buzzing around one place in Armenia before. The Cascade is a fantastic venue. The peformances were great(including my favorite, the Armenian Navy Band). The city was filled with energy. It made me so happy and hopeful to be a part of such a vibrant and colorful evening solely devoted to celebrating children. For all those who complain that the development process is too slow here and that it will still take another generation to really see some changes: here are those children who will make those changes.

Another cause to celebrate recently was May 28th. This marks the independce day of Armenia's First Republic (1918-1920). The Dashnagtsutyun (the political party who won that victory and ran the Armenian government during the first republic) organized a performance up at "victory park," complete with dancing and fireworks late into the night...

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