September 25, 2014
Howell, NJ: St. Alexander Nevsky Parish holds Slavic Festival
Sunday, September 21, the great feast of the Nativity of the Most
Holy Theotokos, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in
St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, followed
by the 10th Annual Slavic Festival, which was held on the parish
grounds. Cathedral clergy led tours of the church, which was open
throughout the day for visitors to enter and pray.
Many visitors gathered at the festival from Howell and New York
City, as well as neighboring towns and states. Immediately upon
entering the grounds, guests were met with tents offering wares from
Russia and Ukraine, souvenirs, icons, books, and church supplies.
Guests had an opportunity to experience Russian and Ukrainian food:
borscht, pelmeni, kotlety, shish-kabob, and cabbage rolls. A special
musical and dance program was organized for festival visitors:
throughout the day, the "Barynya" musical and "Troika" dance
ensembles performed on stage, while accordionists played around the
Entertainment and various games were organized for the children.
Near the end of the day, a lottery was held with quality prizes, the
best of which was an iPad. Howell’s Slavic festival was attended not
only by ethnic Slavs, but also by local Americans, Kalmyks,
Hispanics, and those of other nationalities. Parishioners and
festival guests had a wonderful time at the festival, many spending
the entire day there before departing. The festival concluded well
after dark, and was a success thanks to the hard work of cathedral
parishioners and volunteers, who prepared for it months beforehand,
and took active part in its operation throughout the day.
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