Bari Galust – “Kind Coming”

Armenian Culture Day, a tradition at Glendale Community College since 1974


Belinda Oldrati / Contributing Photographer

Patrick Bagumyan, Alex Gevorkian,Celine Voskanian, and Armen Shahinyan performs Armenian traditonal dance.

The Armenian Student Association (ASA) hosted their annual Armenian Culture Day at GCC on Nov. 20.  The annual event showcased Armenian music, dance, barbeque, and cultural displays.

Serj Arsenian, the president of ASA, organized the event with a team of executives and volunteers from Scholars and Alpha Gamma Sigma, as well as club members. He was especially grateful for Dr. Levon Marashlian, who is ASA’s club advisor, and has spent numerous hours helping in the preservation of the Armenian culture on campus.

The latter explained that even the shifting generation throughout the history of this event, hasn’t impacted the unity of the Armenian people. In fact, it has drawn more foreign interest in the culture.

Even though the attendance was less than expected due to Thanksgiving week, Arsenian said he was satisfied with how the event progressed. “I am thankful and blessed for everyone around me for making this event possible,” he expressed.

GCC students, staff and faculty enjoyed Armenian barbecue while they watched national folk dance in the quad. During the dance show, groups such as Grand Stage Dance, GCC Dance Club and some ASA members performed, showcasing traditional choreography. 

Numerous booths were set up to further display the Armenian heritage. Some featured historical garments and costumes, musical instruments and souvenirs. In addition, posters highlighting the beauty of Armenia were also set up during the event.

Those who were interested in learning more about the history of Armenians, could do so simply by walking through a small gallery of visual banners, which explained where the nation came from, and where it is now.

Throughout the event, and in small booths, one could sense a strong presence of their national tricolor, and pomegranates– Armenia’s national fruit, which is also a widely used symbol in artwork, books and souvenirs.

“The goal with this event was to not only to gather Armenian students, but to invite other students from different cultures to take part,” said Arsenian.