Marashtsis Commemorate Anniversary of Heroic Defense


BELMONT, Mass. — Continuing in their tradition, the Union of Marash Armenians, Watertown Chapter, celebrated the 92nd anniversary of the heroic defense of Marash, on Sunday, February 5, at the Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church. After the requiem mass held in memory of the martyrs, more than 150 guests gathered in the church hall for the traditional luncheon and cultural program.
The ceremonies began with the singing of the Marash anthem, followed by welcoming remarks by Nevart Kouyoumjian, the president of the group, who reminded everyone that the union is dedicated to continuously supporting educational and cultural development in the diaspora. In line with this approach, proceeds from events are being donated to St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown and the rmenian Sisters’ Academy in Lexington. After the welcoming remarks, Very Rev. Raphael Andonian blessed the food. The luncheon, featuring traditional Marash food, Keshkek with zucchini and Kheyma, was prepared and served by the committee members and volunteers.
Following the lunch, master of ceremonies, Lalig Musserian, invited Andonian, also the guest speaker, to the podium. He presented a vivid description of Marash, its rich culture and history, up to the days preceding the Genocide. A short documentary, prepared by Sebouh Arakelian, was presented, featuring the renovation of Medz Mantashi Mangabardez in the village of Mantash.
The cultural program continued with Mary Bertizlian playing the kanon, and Berje Chekijian reciting poems written in the original dialect of Marash. Mary Hayrabedian charmed the audience with her voice, while Amilia Petrosyan and Adelaida Belangyozian moved the audience with their poetry recitation. The cultural program concluded with piano recitals by two young performers, Shant Der Torossian and William Musserian.