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GenNext gathered at Sunday in Pasadena for a fire-jumping ceremony. (T. Abbott/News-Press)

The AGBU Generation Next Mentorship Program was featured in Monday’s edition of the Glendale News Press.

In “Students, Mentors Jump Over Fire Together,” the News Press wrote about the group’s recent Diarentarach or Drentez, as it’s referred to in Armenia, celebrations in the middle of a parking lot Sunday at St. George’s Armenian Church:

Armenians have participated in the unifying ritual of jumping over a fire with someone else — a husband, wife, friend or relative — for thousands of years, as a confirmation of their mutual respect, [Gen Next Executive Director Ara] Arzumanian explained. The event usually takes place about 40 days after the start of the new year.

As the group was preparing for the ritual, he urged attendees to be mindful of their heritage — that the fire was representative of the same flames each person’s ancestors had jumped over, perhaps as far back as 6,000 years ago, he said.

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Mentor Gavik Ayvazians & 14-yr-old David Isakhanyan jump over the fire. (T. Abbott/News-Press)

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On Saturday, January 24, the renowned Literaturhauscafe, a literary meeting place in Hamburg, was the site of the first meeting of Hamburg’s young Armenian professionals. Armen Chamlaian and Peter David Bidrosian, who are both based in Hamburg, were the initiators of this event.

During this meeting, a first for AGBU in Hamburg, AGBU Europe Project Manager Zarouhi Odabashian introduced the international organization and its work in Armenia and the Diaspora as well as AGBU Europe’s main projects to the audience before turning to AGBU’s Young Professional worldwide network.

AGBU YP Paris Chairwoman Aurelie Deyirmendjian attended the event and spoke about her group’s success, structure and work with the local community. YP Paris has attracted over 370 members since it was founded in March 2008. (more…)

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