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Houston, TX: Slavic Heritage Festival

Houston, TX: Slavic Heritage Festival

September 30, 2018, 12:00 PM

The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavik Heritage Festival will commence on September 30, at 12 noon, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Houston, TX. Performers representing the participating Slavic nations  of the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, and the Ukraine will present a four-hour program, packed with colorful songs and lively folk dances.  The event includes delicious national dishes. Vendors will offer books, glassware, jewelry, clothing, toys and art objects representative of the Slavic countries. The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival is the oldest multicultural festival in Houston. 

Event Details:

Date/Time: September 30, 2018, at 12 noon

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
607 E. Whitney Street; Houston, Texas

Background of the Festival:
Houston Texas has been a multicultural city for many generations and throughout these many years, the Czechs and other Slavic people have enjoyed a long and colorful presence in the city and throughout the region.   In 1963, the Czechs, the Poles, and the Ukrainians of Houston organized the Slavic Alliance and began the celebration of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival. The founders were Bishop John L. Morkovsky, Father Dmytro Blazejowskyj, and Maurice Hafernik.
 
The Festival begins with the Catholic Mass or the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Rite either on the morning of the Festival or on the previous evening. The Mass features the four languages in the Scriptural readings, prayers, and hymns of the Mass.

In recent years, the Slavic Heritage Festival has also included a polka dance contest and a kolache eating competition.

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