By Marwan Ahmad ‭ ‬

 My first spring in DC was back in 2012. Coming from warm Arizona weather I was taken by the beauty and array of colors around me. I felt like life had transformed around me into a magical painting.

Spring brings new life, new opportunities, and new beginnings as the earth renews again.   Throughout history civilizations celebrated Spring for revival and optimism.

Arabs celebrate the season of spring in many ways. Families put away their winter clothes and take out their spring and summer clothes. They gather at parks and farms to enjoy the warmer weather. Their diet changes in the spring to a lighter and greener one.

To celebrate spring we dedicated this April issue to highlight many aspects of Arab spring habits from food to celebrations.

Arab American Heritage Month

April is also recognized among a number of States to be the Arab American Heritage month, among them are Virginia and Maryland.

In recognition of this month, we are highlighting the many contributions of Arab Americans to our nation.  Arab Americans  fought along side their American brethren defending freedom and liberty for all. Furthermore, Arabs gave much insight to the world in the fields of  in science, literature, astrology, and many others.

We are proud to be among this group of dedicated citizens to our nation and continue to preserve its principles of freedom, justice and equality that we came here for.

مروان‭ ‬احمد‭ ‬ بقلم

كانت‭ ‬تجربتي‭ ‬الأولى‭ ‬لربيع‭ ‬واشنطن‭ ‬عام‭ ‬‮٢٠١٢‬‭ ‬عندما‭ ‬انتقلت‭ ‬من‭ ‬ولاية‭ ‬اريزونا‭ ‬الحارة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬فرجينيا‭ ‬الباردة‭ ‬والتي‭ ‬اخذتني‭ ‬بجمال‭ ‬ورونق‭ ‬طبيعتها‭. ‬وأحسست‭ ‬بأن‭ ‬الحياة‭ ‬تغيرت‭ ‬من‭ ‬حولي‭ ‬واستطعت‭ ‬بالإستمتاع‭ ‬بلوحة‭ ‬ساحرة‭ ‬من‭ ‬الطبيعة‭.‬

ولأن‭ ‬الربيع‭ ‬يحمل‭ ‬معه‭ ‬من‭ ‬الحياة‭ ‬فإن‭ ‬الحضارات‭ ‬على‭ ‬مدى‭ ‬التاريح‭ ‬احتفلت‭ ‬بهذا‭ ‬الفصل‭ ‬لما‭ ‬يأتي‭ ‬به‭ ‬من‭ ‬تفائل‭.‬

والعرب‭ ‬احتفلوا‭ ‬بهذا‭ ‬الفصل‭ ‬بطرق‭ ‬مختلفة‭ ‬على‭ ‬مدى‭ ‬التاريخ‭. ‬فالعائلات‭ ‬تبدأ‭ ‬بتبديل‭ ‬ملابس‭ ‬الشتاء‭ ‬بملابس‭ ‬الربيع‭ ‬الزاهية‭ ‬والخفيفة‭. ‬ويخرجون‭ ‬الى‭ ‬الحدائق‭ ‬والمنتزهات‭ ‬للإستمتاع‭ ‬بالجو‭ ‬الرائع‭ ‬والدافئ‭. ‬وحتى‭ ‬طعامهم‭ ‬يتغير‭ ‬في‭ ‬فصل‭ ‬الربيع‭ ‬الى‭ ‬ما‭ ‬هو‭ ‬اخف‭ ‬واكثر‭ ‬خضرةً‭. ‬

وللإحتفال‭ ‬بهذا‭ ‬الفصل‭ ‬الجميل‭ ‬خصصنا‭ ‬قسم‭ ‬من‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬العدد‭ ‬لتغطية‭ ‬فعاليات‭ ‬وعادات‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬وشعوب‭ ‬اخرى‭ ‬مثل‭ ‬الأكراد‭ ‬الذين‭ ‬نشاطرهم‭ ‬حياتنا‭ ‬بالشرق‭ ‬الأوسط‭.‬

الشهر‭ ‬العربي‭ ‬الأمريكي‭ ‬للتراث

وشهر‭ ‬ابريل‭ ‬هو‭ ‬الشهر‭ ‬العربي‭ ‬الأمريكي‭ ‬المعترف‭ ‬به‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬عدة‭ ‬ولايات‭ ‬ومنها‭ ‬فرجينيا‭ ‬وماريلانت‭ ‬وكاليفورنيا‭. ‬

وللإحتفال‭ ‬بهذا‭ ‬الإعتراف‭ ‬من‭ ‬قبل‭ ‬حكومات‭ ‬محلية‭ ‬قمنا‭ ‬بالكتابة‭ ‬عن‭ ‬عدة‭ ‬مواضيع‭ ‬تبين‭ ‬مدى‭ ‬انخراط‭ ‬وتفاعل‭ ‬الجالية‭ ‬العربية‭ ‬بالولايات‭ ‬المتحدة‭ ‬على‭ ‬مدى‭ ‬عقود‭ ‬حتى‭ ‬وقتنا‭ ‬الحاضر‭. ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬ما‭ ‬قدمه‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬الذين‭ ‬هاجروا‭ ‬الى‭ ‬امريكا‭ ‬من‭ ‬خدمات‭ ‬لهذا‭ ‬البلد‭ ‬الذي‭ ‬نعتبره‭ ‬بلدنا‭ ‬الآن‭.‬

وقدم‭ ‬العديد‭ ‬من‭ ‬العرب‭ ‬التضحيات‭ ‬ايضاً‭ ‬لحماية‭ ‬الحريات‭ ‬والدفاع‭ ‬عن‭ ‬الحقوق‭ ‬بالإضافة‭ ‬الى‭ ‬مشاركتهم‭ ‬الفعالة‭ ‬في‭ ‬مجالات‭ ‬مختلفة‭ ‬من‭ ‬الحياة‭ ‬العامة‭.‬

نحن‭ ‬فخورون‭ ‬بأن‭ ‬نكون‭ ‬عرب‭ ‬امريكيين‭ ‬نحمل‭ ‬جنسية‭ ‬هذا‭ ‬البلد‭ ‬ونقدم‭ ‬له‭ ‬ليبقى‭ ‬محافظاً‭ ‬على‭ ‬مبادئ‭ ‬الحرية‭ ‬والعدالة‭ ‬والمساوا‭ ‬التي‭ ‬اتينا‭ ‬من‭ ‬اجلها‭. ‬