A two day festival of food, music, dance and Ukrainian culture will be held on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on Tipperary Hill (207 Tompkins Street, Syracuse, NY 13204). Over 13,500 “Pyrohy” (“pierogies”) have been made by parishioners, along with 1000s of stuffed cabbage rolls (“Holupchi”), beet soup (“Borsch”) and home-baked sweets! The Ukrainian Dance Group ODESA will perform traditional Ukrainian folk dances on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, and dance music will provide background for anyone who would like to dance the night away both evenings!
Ukrainian artisans will demonstrate the ancient art of Easter Egg (“Pysanky”) decorating.
Vendors will be featuring Ukrainian ceramics, jewelry and clothing for sale. Church tours will be offered both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. A Divine Liturgy (Mass) will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and this satisfies the weekly obligation for all Catholics, of both Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic rites.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the country that has dominated the news for the past year as the freedom loving Ukrainian people have struggled to maintain their independence and cultural traditions despite political and military struggles with Russia. All are invited to learn more about this country and these people as they celebrate their traditions and heritage here in Syracuse, New York.