The Washington Ukrainian Festival

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Folkloric Show.

Roadside sign were up around the Washington region, even in Northern Virginia, announcing the annual Washington Ukrainian Festival to be held in Silver Spring, Maryland. Susan and I are always up for a good craft show or folk festival, so we drove up on Saturday. 

The was the 15th annual Washington Ukrainian Festival. It is held on the expansive grounds of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. The event was so well attended that in the spirit of ecumenism, the neighboring Mosque and Lutheran Church of St Andrew opened their parking lots for festival goers. It surprised me to see the many people that came dressed in Ukranian inspired wear. If not outright folk dress, many wore shirts and blouses embroidered with Ukrianian designs.

Ukrainian Dancers.
I did not know there were so many people of Ukranian heritage in the greater Washington area. 

Fokloric dancers, musicians, Ukrainian food and craft vendors and Cossack reenactors were all present at the festival. We enjoyed a lunch consisting of Borscht, Holubets (cabbage roll) and Varenyky (also known as Pierogi). Ukranian cuisine is similar to that of Poland and Russia. 

The entertainment began with a traditional welcoming dance. At the conclusion, bread and salt were presented as a welcome to the audience. Additional dance troupes performed, as well as a Bandura player, a violinist, and a singer. 

St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral was open to visit. It was built in 1987 in the Kozak Baroque style. The nave and altar are quite colorful.

A very enjoyable folk festival!

vances says:
Wow, this really looked like a splendid event - thanks for sharing. Beyond the surprise of how many folks in the area were of Ukranian heritage, I am amazed there is an Orthodox Christian church too...unaware of any in the USA beyond Alaska!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2017
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Folkloric Show.
Folkloric Show.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
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Welcoming presentation of bread a…
Bandura Player.
Bandura Player.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
Ukrainian Dancers.
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Cossack Reenactor.
Cossack Reenactor.
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Serving up the typical Ukrainian …
Holubets (cabbage roll) and Vareny…
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Washington Ukrainian Festival
Washington Ukrainian Festival
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