Festival of Nations Flag Ceremony

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

FESTIVAL of NATIONS 

ST. PAUL, MN 2017

Armenians were again represented at the International Institute of Minnesota's Festival of Nation celebration. This Festival has been ongoing since 1932 and Minnesota Armenians have participated in the Festival since its start.

During the Festival every year, there is a Flag ceremony held each day. This ceremony celebrates the varied ethnicities of Minnesota (particularly the Twin Cities) and the current bond that brings them all together - The United States Flag.

This year Bradley Erickson and Reena Ghanoum participated, representing Armenia. The ceremony is quite moving and shows us that we are a united people under this flag.

 

Featured Video

 

Հորովել - Horovel covered by Վահէ Թիլպեան - Vahe Tilbian

The masterpiece written by Komitas, with a different and unique interpretation here introducing the "mesenko", a traditional Ethiopian instrument, in the mix resulting in some mix of cultures, a true "mixology" of my Ethiopian Armenian-ness.
Thanks Kenny Allen, Endris Hassen, (we regret the spelling error in the video editing) and of course the great Komitas!

 

 

 

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