To give the whole occasion the due respect it deserved, I invited a representation from the Armenian Embassy in London to join the day.
January 30, 2015
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on January 27 each year to remember the Nazi atrocities during the Second World War, and subsequent Genocides throughout the world. It is an important day marked in many of the major cities in the UK, and governed by a central committee in London.
The Scottish New Year is known as Hogmanay and both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were also known as Daft Days.
January 5, 2015
In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as New Year's day. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire —and their American colonies— still celebrated the New Year in March.
The Japanese New Year Oshogatsu is an important time for family celebrations, when all the shops, factories and offices are closed.
January 4, 2015
New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count is incremented by one. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner. The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on January 1 (New Year's Day), as was the case with both the old Roman calendar and the Julian calendar that succeeded it. The order of months was January to December in the Old Roman calendar during the reign of King Numa Pompilius in about 700 BC, according to Plutarch and Macrobius, and has been in continuous use since that time. In many countries, January 1 is a national holiday.
It is traditional to greet the New Year at midnight and then celebrate at least the first few minutes in the company of friends and family.
December 30, 2014
People around the world celebrate the start of a new year in different ways. New Year festivals are among the oldest and most universally observed. They generally include rites and ceremonies which are expressive of mortification, purgation, invigoration and jubilation over the renewal of life. In some countries, parties are thrown on New Year's Eve which last until the early hours of New Year's Day. It is traditional to greet the New Year at midnight and then celebrate at least the first few minutes in the company of friends and family. Many people make New Year resolutions...a list of decisions about how they will live during the coming year, which may or may not be kept.
The University of Birmingham is an open platform for expression.
December 2, 2014
The University of Birmingham hosted a round-table discussion on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict Nov 26, followed by a seminar The Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities hosted by a Russian expert Denis Dvornikov. Later, several Armenian media outlets hurried to slam the event, accusing the organizers of bias. The expert commented on the situation amid the media scandal.
ARARAT Visitors’ Center of Yerevan Brandy Company in association with PAN Photo Agency are launching a photo project titled ‘Frame Reshuffle’
November 28, 2014
Making Zhengyalov Hats is a ceremony that is meant to bring family members and friends together.
November 20, 2014
Zhengyalov Hats, a combination of various types of greens with dough is one of the most famous dishes in Artsakh cuisine. There are different Zhengyalov Hats recipes with a mix of up to 20 kinds of greens. Beyond Karabakh, it’s very popular in Armenian towns of Kapan and Goris. In some areas, it’s also made with nettle.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Gigord collection is the number of images taken by Armenian photographers.
November 11, 2014
Julia Grimes, research assistant at the Getty Research Institute, introduces a fascinating selection of images from the Pierre de Gigord Collection detailing Armenian life in the 19th-century Ottoman Empire, many from the studio of Armenian photographers Pascal Sebah and the Abdullah Frères.
In court, the leader of the group insisted the terrorist act was meant to “rid Armenia from the anti-national regime.”
October 27, 2014
On October 27, 1999, five men led by journalist and former ARFD member Nairi Hunanyan, armed with Kalashnikov rifles hidden under long coats, broke into the National Assembly building, shooting dead Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, deputy parliament speakers Yuri Bakhshyan and Ruben Miroyan, Operative Issues Minister Leonard Petrosyan, MPs Armenak Armenakyan, Mikael Kotanyan and Henrik Abrahamyan.
Napalm is a mixture of a thickening/gelling agent and petroleum or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device.
October 6, 2014
Syrian rebels have thrown napalm bombs at the Armenian-populated Nor Gyugh district in Aleppo, Kantsasar newspaper reported. The paper says Turkey is involved in the continuous destruction of the Armenian districts.