About Me

Update: As of June 25, 2013, I am officially a repatriate, living in the homeland and enjoying the breathtaking view of Ararat on a daily basis. I don’t know where life will lead, but the first step on that road has already been taken.

This blog was created on the request of many who asked to have a compilation of all the Armenian facts of the day posted on Facebook.

I was born Sept. 9, 1989 in Toronto. As a child raised in the Armenian community, I didn’t realize just how much my love for my nationality was ingrained in me until I finally graduated high school and entered university. It was there that I realized that we are probably one of the nations MOST discriminated against, since we don’t even seem to exist for most. The more no one knew who I was, the hotter the fire burned in me to change that and to make a difference all around me. I was 18 when I joined the Armenian Relief Society and have never regretted that decision. On the contrary, I enjoyed being the youngest member and still comprise the minority youth of the organization. My people come first and foremost. Sometime soon I will be telling you that I’m also a repatriate… I will finally go home 😀

60 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I am an Armenian from Taiwan, ive been living here for about 25 yrs. There are about 50 of us here ranging from university professors to jazz singers. I feel honored and proud to be born as an Armenian, because just that itself is half the ticket to success and happiness of our soul.

  2. Are you the person who asked about Max Alpiar born in Smyrna – a second cousin twice removed? Robert from Southend-on-Sea, England

  3. I just wanted to mention that presently the Armenian Church uses the Gregorian calendar. Julian calendar was abandoned in 1905. That is why we celebrate Easter together with the Western churches, rather than with the Orthodox. The only Armenian Church that still uses the Julian calendar is the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Please note that those who use the Julian calendar, i.e. the Eastern Orthodox Churches (Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs, etc.) celebrate Christmas on January 7 which according to the Julian calendar is Dec. 25. We celebrate the Birth of Jesus together with his Baptism day, because according to the Gospels Jesus was 30 years old when he started his ministry which certainly happened after he was baptized by Saint John ( Luke 3:23). Armenians consider the baptism of Jesus a more important event than his birth since: “And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17. Therefore his baptism was a SPIRITUAL BIRTH. That is why the Armenian Apostolic Church which is Monophysite (Believes in ONE nature of Jesus, which is Divine) stresses on celebrating the Baptism which is celebrated on January 6 according to the Gregorian calendar. Because the Christmas of the Orthodox Churches falls on Jan. 7 (Julian Dec. 25) people often confuse the Armenian Birth and Baptism with the Orthodox Xmas.

    FYI I am not a clergyman. As a matter of fact although I am a loyal member of the Armenian Apostolic Church I am an Agnostic. However I respect Armenian traditions and especially OUR VERSION of Xmas, because these preserve our identity and unity as Armenians.

    1. Thank-you Gevord Ghoukas for the clarity of the Church of Armenian with regard to the “birthday of Christ” as I am hearing Armenians in the homeland call January 6. I really appreciate your information. I am journeying from Roman Catholicism toward Orthodoxy and not sure yet which Orthodox church to complete my catechesis in…. I am in Yerevan now and soon to return to US. Your information about the meaning of January 6th in the Armenian Church and the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by the Armenian Apostolic Church will not likely change which direction of church affiliation for me, but I must say it is hard to find the information you have shared….. there is certainly a need for clarity about tradition in the Armenian Church…. Thanks!!!

  4. I’ve been thinking recently of starting to volunteer in the armenian community again here in Glendale. I had bad experiences back in high school but I wouldn’t mind giving it another go. Your blog has inspired me to look into the ARS. I hope they are not affiliated with any political groups. It looks promising :). Thanks for all the writings. It’s fascinating.

  5. Hey Tamar,

    Great blog +++, glad someone posted all these here. I’ve got a question regarding a tradition that I can’t seem to find. It’s after the engagement when in law invite each other over. The bride’s side tends to bring night lamps for the engaged. How about the brooms side what are they supposed to be getting for the engaged?

  6. I’ve had a love for Armenia ever since I read Demos Shakarian’s book “The Happiest People on Earth,” it gave me a understanding of it’s history, and much more. I will look forward to reading your blog.

  7. Wow, your blog is so very cool! I love Armenia just as much as you and have been doing my utmost to raise awareness and help our nations stand back on its feet, and I totally agree with you about us being invisible. In the UK, “Armenia” is a vaguely familiar word which reminds people of Albania or Romania, quite sad really…

    Anyhow, thanks for such amazing work on the blog and I look forward to reading it! 🙂

    1. Oh, we get that here as well, though a lot more people have an idea about the Caucasus these days. 😀 I’m so glad you like the blog! I generally try to add one or 2 things a day, but I do get lazy as well 😛 Especially now that I’m moving to Armenia haha!

  8. I love your blog Tamar. It makes me miss my late parents and cousins and family. It’s nice you feel so close to Armenia. I don’t share that feeling but I love that you have it. Your blog is fascinating. I’m going to pay attention to it and reblog if you don’t mind.

    🙂 xx Bonju/Cathy Haig Bonjukian

    1. Thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad you enjoy it! I’m a teacher at heart so I enjoy sharing things that teach more about our culture, past and present 😀 While often mixing in my own thoughts and beliefs of course 😛

      You are more than welcome to reblog anything you wish!


  9. Tamar,

    I do know something about Armenia – read about the wonderful peninsula and its hardy people long before the advent of the internet.

    Thank you the “follow” – I have also ticked to follow your blog so that I can read more aout your enchanting country.

    Peace, Eric

  10. Hi Tamar,

    I recently found your blog (not that it was lost), and I’m impressed by what I’ve seen. I recently started my own blog where I intend to devote essays on various controversies about Armenian history and culture. The most recent one is on why there is a difference between Mesropian orthography and that of the post-Soviet Republic of Armenia. The title of the blog refers to Zarian’s line that “every Armenian is like a radio transmitting in a snowstorm.”


    1. Very nice blog, though I disapprove of the manner in which you bash at Western Armenian and the fear of it’s disappearance, as well as your less than gentle manner of discounting Garni as a temple devoted to a God originally belonging to us

      1. I thank you for reading it. I think your one of the few who bothered, considering no one other than you has pointed out some of the statements I thought might be disagreeable to many. But I made these statements from a purely Armenian standpoint. Why should we feel anxiety over a dialect disappearing, moreover, a dialect that makes spelling even in Mesropian orthography unnecessarily difficult, seeing as how it has lost 7 whole consonant sounds? How do we expect the Armenians of the Republic to scrap the Bolshevik orthography if we won’t even move our lips a little more? And as for the temple at Garni devoted to Mithra (Mihr), that wasn’t native Armenian either, but rather the Roman adaptation of a Persian heresy that involved child sacrifice, which, on top of it all, is not truly pagan Armenian. This same brand of Mithraism was about to become the official religion of the Roman empire if the other foreign religion, Christianity, did not take its place.

      2. I’m not sure about your views on Mithraism.. I used to believe in its foreign nature, but there are historians who dispute that point and I find myself leaning towards those ideals. As for losing Western Armenian, I think it’s important to retain ALL dialects because that’s what makes us so special

  11. Hi Tamar!
    Just stumbled on your blog accidentally!! But I’m happy I did!! You seem to know a lot about our people and our Country!! Abress!!! So?? Did you make your move already?? I myself was born in Canada AND I am proud to say that that I AM A REPAT!!!! Plus, my name is Tamar too!! Hope to see you here someday soon 😉

    1. oh wow! when’d you move? I plan on coming in the summer, if all goes according to plan! what do you do there now? any tips? I was there with birthright Armenia and as you can see pay close attention to the news 😛

  12. Pretty interesting migration story ya own, Tamar! Will be definitely a follower of yours. 😀 Keep in touch. Have a good time ahead. Cheers. 🙂


  13. This was obviously a better place to start. Having read some of the comments I understand a little more now. Funnily, I did kind of think that you were an American when I first began reading.

      1. DEAR TAMAR – Thanks for your Blog. I’m now just settling into Yerevan, I am a “spyurhay” too and a repat. I joined REPAT Armenia but have not made any of their gatherings yet. I assume you are also a member?

        My Heyeren is slowly getting there.I have been in Hayastan 3 months.and volunteer with AVC.

        I do not understand your learning Heyeren section too well as I am a beginner.

        I appreciate your blog and plan to check it out again. Maybe we can say hello at one of the REPAT ARMENIA gatherings.

      2. Hi Connie! So happy to see fellow repats! I hope you can make tonight’s gathering! The lessons page is more for advanced grammar than basic Armenian. I think you can continue lessons with Birthright Armenia, no? How long do you plan to stay? Or is this a permanent move now that you’ve seen the homeland? I made my decision on a similar basis, having volunteered with BR and Youth Corps for 2.5 months 😀

  14. An Armenian is my brother, even if I am not Armenian! I wish you all the best. Armenian food is delicious! Just remember that many Armenians in Armenia have not travelled..so extensively..there will be an adjustment time when you get to Yerevan, and get home. Please do make allowances for that, otherwise you might get a little shock – I mean that in very good faith. Basically its more important for you to step onto Armenian soil from North America than it is for people who live in Armenia. Please remember that.

    1. Oh, I understand that wholeheartedly. It’s only a person who has travelled to many places who knows the value of one’s home 😛

      I was living there for 3 months over the summer last year and only returned to finish my schooling. There will be an adjustment period and there are certain things I will rebel against wholeheartedly 😉 My family hails from Cilicia instead of our current Armenia, which makes both my language and my way of thinking quite different.

      1. Nope! Old Armenian, the development from Krapar to Ashkharhapar… It was much later that the current language dialect heard in Armenia was made the official one.

      2. I am so sorry – am reading up now. Very interesting – was ‘thinking aloud’ before and could have researched first. Anyway, I am visiting Armenia some time within a year to try to start getting products made there, but the fellow in the picture on my blog is now in Glendale, California.

      3. Copper and copper jewelry. There is already a high level of skills in jewelry design which can be done with copper, and a variety of copper things – all kinds. Thanks for asking, was appeciated!

  15. Hi, Tamar. Thank you for visiting several posts of my blog. I, too, was born in Canada. Although my family is not Armenian, I have heard about Armenians since I was a teenager. When I went to California to work on a graduate degree, I taught English to support myself. Two-thirds of my class were Armenians from seven different countries. They were amazing people.

    1. thank you! yes, we are quite lovely for the most part, though many do have different types of experiences in LA where there are Armenians from all over the world 😀 Where in Canada were you born?

  16. Fascinating!
    To read about you as you share your insight about being, existing and renewing yourself as a loyal Armenian .
    Keep up the good work! Amazing !!
    I am very impressed!
    Best wishes,
    Zarminé Boghosian

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