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Armenia Culture News Digest for Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Here is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The top articles are (we hope you like them):

Armenia celebrates Book-Giving Day

On February 19, Hovhannes Tumanyan’s birthday, Armenia celebrates Book-Giving Day.

The Day was initiated by the late President of the Writers’ Union Levon Ananyan and has been celebrated since 2008, according to a government decision.

On this day the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and the Writers’ Union distribute books published and supported by the government to regional and community libraries, as well as the libraries of Artsakh and Javakhk.

Armenian communities worldwide hold a number of events: books are being donated to libraries, orphanages, schools in an attempt to restore the once important meaning of the book.

Today marks the 151st birth anniversary
of poet, writer, translator Hovhannes Tumanyan.

Born in the the village of Dsegh in Armenia’s Lori region, Tumanyan moved to Tiflis (now Tbilisi), which was the center of Armenian culture during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tumanyan started writing when
he was 10-11 years old, but only became known as a poet in 1890, when his first
poetry collection was published.

Tumanyan’s first collection, Poems, published in Moscow in 1890, was a great success with literary critics.

Subsequently, all his collections would have the same generic title, with the exception of Harmonies, published in Tbilisi in 1896. Each volume included a number of previously published poems, to which new ones were added.

The literary technique, unique to Tumanyan, makes him an outstanding storyteller, who masterfully commands verse and word.

Read original article here.

Today on Twitter

Here is a selection of a few tweets about Armenia. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

#BookGiving Day📚should indeed be marked with a special competition. Send us your translation of any of Hovhannes Tumanian’s piece into English, Russian or your preferable language. The prize will coincide with the message of the day. So looking forward!😇🇦🇲

Today marks sad anniversary of dehumanizing act of hate induced murder of #Armenia’n officer #GurgenMargaryan by #Azerbaijan’s #RamilSafarov. Subsequent release & glorification of the murderer in Azerbaijan is indignity & affront to every moral standard & human value

PR of #Armenia🇦🇲Chair of #CSW64 Mher Margaryan met with @UN_PGA Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, discussing #genderequality agenda across #SDGs in the #Decadeofaction. Upcoming anniversaries of #Beijing25, #SDG5 should serve as momentum for accelerated action for all #women & girls

🇦🇿 And #Azerbaijan just sent 80,000 masks to #China to boot: #coronavirus

Main points from the remarks of @armenia’s PM Nikol #Pashinyan during the “An update on #NagornoKarabakh” event on margins of Munich Security Conference #MSC2020

“It is not a matter of territories but security. #NagornoKarabakh cannot compromise its security.”

Part 1

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.


Today, the Human Rights Defender of Armenia Mr. Arman Tatoyan @atatoyan met w/ Mr. Birger Karlsson, Minister-Counsellor, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sweden in Armenia @SwedeninArmenia.
#Armenia #Sweden🇦🇲 🇸🇪

11 out of the 75 members of the regional legislature perished between 1992-93 during the war in #Karabakh

In Memoriam: A Parliament at War by @emil_sanamyan for #FocusOnKarabakh

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020

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