Each nation has its holidays to celebrate yearly. One of our national holidays is Tarkmanchatz, the Translators' Day.
Mekhitarist students celebrated this holiday on Wednesday, October 31 2018. The program began with the hymns of Lebanon, Armenia and the Mekhitarist Congregation. 8th grade student Nareg Garjigian said in the opening speech: "Who is the Armenian nation without its alphabet? We would have been molded and disappeared long ago. Through God’s grace, the Armenians kept their identity through centuries and wherever they went they sanctified their language, faith and culture”. And on behalf of all his classmates, he promised to preserve our language.
The students performed songs, recited poems and narrated information related to the work of our Translators and their history.
Keynote speaker Reverend Father Sebouh Garabedian emphasized one the most important events of the Armenian History which is the translation work, by which the Armenians started to write and read in Armenian. "We love and learn Armenian because it is our native language. We need to give special place to the Armenian lessons; the language, literature, grammar and history. And just as we love our mothers, we also love our native language. And because our church speaks in Armenian and prays in Armenian, we will read our prayers in Armenian and pray in Armenian in the Armenian Church”, said Father Garabedian.
The principal Mrs. Rita Boyadjian mentioned in her word that our school is newborn, and as the newborns speak for the first time in their native tongue, our first celebration is dedicated to our native language. She believed that the Armenian language is maintained especially in the Armenian schools, where we love, preserve and care for our native language. She thanked Father Garabedian, as well as the teachers who prepared the celebration. Then she gifted each family a gift of their initial alphabet letter.
At the end, Most Reverend Father Mesrob Sulahian congratulated the students for the event and underlined the fact that they are the founders of the school. He mentioned that the students must know their native tongue very well, even though they might speak many other languages.