tiful, whereas each celebrating house wouldoffer dishes to the neighbours too. The ladiessay that most Armenian foods are similar tothe Cypriot ones, their mode of preparationbeing the main differentiation.
The small forest
Mrs Elsie, whose house was located on Tanzi-mat street, facing the moat, makes particularreference to thesmall forest on Roccas bastion,the so-called <<andan>,rom the Armenian wordfor forest. Mrs Rosemary remembers that <<weused to go there after school and on the week-ends to rest),, while the rest of the ladies missthe small picnics they used to have there withschool.All of them remember that, when walking theneighbourhoods, <<you ould hear Armenian al-most everywhere,,, which is not the case today,as Armenian-Cypriots are scattered across Ni-cosia.
too remember, from conversations
hadin the past with the dear friend and ex-Head-master of Nareg Armenian Schools, Mr ArtinAivazian, that even the Greek-Cypriot grocer ofVictoria street, MrCostas, had Learnt Armenian.
Several Armenian-Cypriot associations oper-ated in tt -ea: the <<ArmenianClub), [estab-lished in 21 had mainly local Armenians asmembers; the AGBU, which acquired a house in1957, was in favour of Soviet Armenia; theshort-lived, yet active, <<Friends f Armenia As-sociation>) Paregamats, 1944-19481; but mainlyAYMA, established in 1934 and ever since thecentre of Armenian-Cypriot social ife, organis-ing a multitude of social, athleticand entertain-ing events. Mrs Annig reminds us that ccHamaz-kayin,, [established in 19491, active today withinthe grounds of AYMA, was between 1938 and1949 a separate women's association called<<ArmenianWomen of Cilicia Association>). MrsSirvart adds the <<ArmenianPoor Body),, whichwas established around 1935.
The dear Armenian-Cypriot solicitor John Ma-tossian, living in London since 1973, has writ-ten the wonderful book <<My Father's House,an Armenian Boyhood in Nicosia,) , inwhich the Armenian-Cypriot microcosm of Ni-cosia is recorded. Below, we quote a fewwords he wrote to us himself, on the occasionof this reportage:<<Ourswas a small community composed of theold LocalArmenians and the Genocide refugees.Our quarter became Armenian around 1567,when the Venetians rounded up the Nicosiawalls and almost 400 years afterwards, in 1963,the descendants of the Ottomans drove us out.