“Ari Tun-2014”. “Land of Sun, Armenia!”

The participants of the 5th stage of “Ari Tun-2014” program, launched on July 21, started the morning on July 23 with the regular classes of the Armenian language and  the Homeland study. The participants repeated the Armenian alphabet, read poems of the Armenian writers and acquired new and essential for them knowledge.

After the training course was over, as provided for in the schedule, the participants headed to the Virtual College of the Armenian General Benevolent Union and Matenadaran.  After taking their share of the knowledge, they set a course for the Pagan Temple of Garni and the Monastery of Geghard. In Garni, the participants were familiarized with the history of the Armenian Pagan Temple, then they enjoyed the mysterious and astounding monastery complex built from remarkable and peculiar solid stones, two-story sepulchral churches and an attached church.

During the tour, some participants shared their impressions.

Margo Karoyan, 18 years old, citizen of the RF, Kazan

-   I have arrived in Armenia from the City of Kazan in Russia. My last time in Armenia was when I was 9 years old. I love Armenia and the Armenians living here very much. I am amazed and excited by the astounding beauty of the Pagan Temple of Garni; I wonder how it could remain in one piece throughout centuries. I am thankful to the organizers of “Ari Tun” program for this opportunity of being able to see the treasures of my Homeland.

Rebeka Adamyan, 15 years old, Ukraine

-  Before participating in the program, I have been in Armenia for 2 times and already have had some real understanding of my Homeland. In Ukraine I am going for dancing classes, and the artistic director of our dance ensemble told me about the program. I love my Homeland and all its summer colors.

Frida Arzumanyan, Rostov-on-Don, RF

-  I have come to Armenia to sense the warmth of the hot summer sun of my Homeland, to learn good Armenian, to study the history of the Armenian identity and to get acquainted with new people. I am also a dancer; I am dancing Armenian dances in Rostov. I have learnt about the program, when giving concert tours in Armenia, and decided to participate with my sister in the “Ari Tun” Program for the homeland recognition.

Gayane Asatryan, 18 years old. Lipetsk Region, RF

-  I have been in Armenia for many times, but this is my first participation in the “Ari Tun” program. I am attending an Armenian school in Lipetsk, where I have learnt about the “Ari Tun” program. I have come to Armenia to enjoy the warmth of the Armenian sun, to get in touch with my peers from various countries. I am very much thankful to the RA Ministry of Diaspora for this great initiative aiming at the Homeland recognition.

Tatev Davtyan