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Issue 5, 2012

Nablus Picnic

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Eve See pg.6

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GRAND OPENING The St.Romanos Byzantine Choir See pg.12

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Hyatt Magazine is a free social and cultural magazine, featuring events, entertainment, lifestyle, business data, leisure, and lore. “Hyatt” in Arabic Language means Life. Its events and news guide targeting heavy populated Middle-Eastern community in south and south west Chicago Suburb. Hyatt Magazine published monthly to promote coverage area in informative and positive manner, and it’s distributed throughout the area by several channels (Retail Locations, Medical Offices, Salons, Restaurants, and more) You’ll find our magazine enlightening and interesting articles are written by someone like yourself, who cares about the community. We welcome contributions of articles and photos; however, they will be subject to editing and availability of space and subject matter. Photographs, comments, questions, subscription requests and ad placement inquiries are invited. No portion of this publication may be reprinted, reproduced, or republished without the written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Hyatt Magazine  are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine or its publisher, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. All articles submitted will become solely owned by Hyatt Magazine. We reserve the right to update, change, or reject any article or material. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement.


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Pg.6 , All Hallows Eve Pg.8, BITG Grand Opening Pg.8, Nablus Picnic Pg. 9 ,Look Who’s here, Specials & More Pg.12, The St. Romanos Byzantine Choirs Pg.16, Community Info & Social Update 4

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All Hallows Eve

Halloween's Origins The word Halloween is derived from the term "All Hallows Eve" which occurred on Oct. 31, the end of summer in Northwestern Europe. "All Saints Day" or "All Hallows Day" was the next Day, Nov. 1st. Therefore, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day. Apparently, the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On Oct. 31st, the Celts celebrated the end of summer. This was important because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and pens and prepare to ride out the winter. This was also the time of the crop harvests. This annual change of season and lifestyle was marked by a festival called Samhain -- pronounced 'sow-ane' and means 'end of summer.' Sow rhymes with cow. There was much superstition associated with this time of change including the belief in fairies, and that the spirits of the dead wandered around looking for bodies to inhabit. Since the living did not want to be possessed by spirits, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around the streets making loud noises to confuse and frighten the spirits away. In addition, the New Year began for the Celts on Nov. 1. So, the day of Samhain was believed to be a day that was in neither the year past nor the year to come. Since it was in between, chaos ruled on that day.


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Often, people would pull practical jokes on others as a result. Later, around the 5th century, as the Catholic Church developed and moved into the area, instead of adding a new day to celebrate, it took over the Samhain celebration. Nov. 1st became "All Hallows Eve" where all the saints of the Catholic Church were honored. A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2, requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to heaven or hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome. This may have been the precursor to Trickor-Treat. The Jack-O-Lantern apparently comes from Irish folklore about a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk, preventing the devil from coming down. The devil then made a deal with Jack not to allow Jack into hell after Jack died if only Jack would remove the cross from the tree. After Jack died, he couldn't go to hell, and he couldn't go to heaven. He was forced to wander around the earth with a single candle to light his way. The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer. When the Irish came to America in the 1800's, they adopted the pumpkin instead of the turnip. Along with these traditions, they brought the idea that the black cat was considered by some to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities. So, it appears that the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals superstition and early Catholic traditions.

BITG Grand Opening Back in the Game celebrated their grand opening in September 22nd. People from distance and neighborhood were invited to attend a grand opening with the presence of the Village trustee of Crestwood. Games, food, music, and fun were waiting for everyone. With a warm welcome as you enter in the store includes served pizza, popcorn and more. All ages and different culture surrounded the store, seeing what games had to offer. Not only was “Back in the Game� grand opening, but a tournament to all gamers. At 3 p.m., group of gamers played a game called Call of Duty Black ops. The game lasted over an hour and who won the tournament won 1st prize a game of their choice, 2nd place was a gift card, and 3rd place won a free membership card. For people who weren’t in the tournament enjoyed the old school games and outdoor games.

(Left to Right) Noah,Rommey

The Village of Crestwood Trustee Lou & Partica (Left to Right) Fadel, Lou, Patrica,Rommey

The day filled with different games for all ages to play, a raffle to win an ipad or Nintendo 3ds was last to end the day. The day brought all adults and children together, having the best time with the games and activities. We wish

the best to Back in the Game and we hope that they bring joy to all gamers and to the community.

Nablus Picnic In 2005, Nablus Society was founded by a small group of people who wanted to gather everyone who had ties to Nablus and unite them under one association. Three men, Abed Hamdan, Aziz Al-Masri, and Omar Al-Bishtawi created a small committee in which they reached out to people from Nablus and the surrounding cities to create an organization and expand the culture of the beautiful city.

(Left to Right) Hosein, Shawki, Rafat, Abed, Isam

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Nablus people in our community.

Nablus Society is a non-profit cultural organization and works with other so-

cieties to build a bridge between Nablus and the Chicagoland area. As the years went on, the society began to expand and began to be recognized by other committees and societies in the Arab community. Members of the society range from doctors, to professors, business people and college students. Now with close to 75 families in the society, the committee has expanded their activities to include summer picnics, annual Ramadan potlucks, Eid parties and annual dinners. Entertainers from around the country and even the world have come and joined the members at their annual dinners and have entertained them with songs, dances and stories. The annual dinners are also a draw to the children as they enjoy entertainment by magicians, clowns and special treats. Nablus Society hopes to continue to expand their society with new members and will continue to plan exciting events that will hopefully continue to draw more positive attention around the community. For more information on attending events or joining Nablus Society, please contact Abed Hamdan at

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Pan-Orthodox Choir

His Grace Archbishop Joseph, His Grace Bishop Thomas, His Grace Bishop Anthony, Economos Fr. Dahdal, St. Romanos Byzantine Choir (9/11/12)

The night began with much anticipation to hear from this worldrenowned choir from Beirut. After all attendees filed into our home, St. George Antiochian Orthodox in Cicero, IL, the St. Romanos Byzantine Choir laid waiting in the wings, as the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Greater Chicago started off the concert with a beautiful, brief opening act.  Then, as everyone who bought their tickets and sat anxiously in the pews of the church for the main attraction to take center stage, they did just that. Performing several compositions, the St. Romanos Byzantine Choir of the Archdiocese of Beirut left everyone in the church in wonder.  Singing before His Grace Archbishop Joseph, His Grace Bishop Thomas, His Grace Bishop Anthony, Economos Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, several clergy members from in and out of Chicago, St. George Parish Council members and parishioners, and hundreds of Orthodox Christians and community members, the choir performed number after number to an amazing standard that they have attained.  St. George Church has sel-


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dom, if ever, sounded as heavenly or majestic. Truly, like a chorus of angels emanating cascading down on the audience.  Looking around at the faces of concert-goers, you could see face after face thoroughly enthralled by this breathtaking concert and unparalleled choir. After the concert, everyone filed downstairs to the St. George Fellowship Hall for food and refreshments, as the choir had copies of their latest CD compilations for purchase.  The evening concluded with tables of Orthodox Christians speaking to

The St. Romanos Byzantine Choir is led by the Priest Romanos Joubran, Dean of the Cathedral of St George in Beirut and instructor of Byzantine Music. The choir has produced several professional recordings and performed throughout Lebanon and

St. Romanos Byzantine Choir

To find your picture from the event sign up at Hyatt magazine website. Bishops, Choir members, socializing with each other and enjoying the entire night’s program. With the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP of North America and His Eminence, Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut, The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America was pleased to welcome the Ecclesiastical Choir of St Romanos the Melodist from the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Beirut, Lebanon on their Fall 2012 Tour of the USA from September 10-24, 2012. St. George in Cicero was the first stop on this Tour, and we were most excited and honored to be the first to host this amazing choir singing Syrio-Byzantine music.

Europe. This is their first tour of the United States. For samplings of their music, you can search “Romanos Joubran” on YouTube to watch video clips of their music.  This tour was funded through the generosity of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the charitable arm of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.  For more on the Order, visit their website at To view photos of their St. Romanos Byzantine Choir Concert in Cicero, IL, visit the St. George website. After such a wonderful start in Cicero, IL, on their 9-city U.S. Tour, the St. Romanos Byzantine Choir has set the bar extremely high right off the bat.  May God bless them on the remainder of their tour.  What a night!

Run 4 Peace

September 16, 2012 was a historical day for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). At 8:30 AM, the first annual 5K Run for Peace was held by Team Palestine for the Chicago community. Over 400 participants flocked to Moraine Valley to run or walk for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The event was to awareness and funding for the PCRF. It was a family fun day with activities like a dunk tank that featured comedian Ugly Moe, music by DJ Shereen and food catered by local restaurants such as Grapevine Catering. Volunteers from Moraine Valley and the community were on hand cheering runners and walkers as each crossed the finish line. It certainly was a fun filled day to support the mission of the PCRF. Run for Peace was created so that money was raised to improve the quality of life, care and survival rate for the children of Palestine. Team Palestine presented the event for PCRF because there isn’t enough awareness of the charity. In its third year, Team Palestine consists of a group of runners that participates in various running events such as half marathons, 5K races and the Bank


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Our community running for Peace.

of America Chicago Marathon annually to raise money on behalf of the PCRF. The Run for Peace was another way to show that the community can stand together as one for the cause and participate. Team Palestine is not only formed in Chicago, but all over cities all over the United States. However, the Chicago team is the first to create the Run for Peace. The goal next year is to have an event with 1,000 participants so that more money can be sent to the PCRF. For more information on Team Palestine, please visit www.teampalestine. com The PCRF is a nonprofit organization that sends doctors and medical equipment to Palestinian towns and provides free treatments for children that are in need. Since the Arab Spring, doctors have also traveled to countries like Egypt and Lebanon to care for children that have been injured due to violence. The PCRF’s main purpose is to improve the quality of life, care After the run, breakfast. and survival rate for the children of Palestine. For more information on To find your picture from the event the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, sign up at Hyatt magazine website. please visit by Randa Mahmud ADVERTISEMENT


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