Ukrainian Traditional Culture Celebrated in Mountains of Upstate New York
Some 10,000 people gather annually to celebrate Ukrainian culture in the Catskill Mountains, Ukrainian National Association Treasurer Roma Lisovych said
Last week some 10,000 people gathered in a tiny village in the mountains of upstate New York to celebrate traditional Ukrainian culture.
Roma Lisovych, the treasurer of the United States’ based Ukrainian National Association said that organizers wanted to give festival-goers a chance to feel like Ukrainians. Part of the charm of the location was that New York’s Catskill Mountains call to mind the Carpathian landscape of western Ukraine, she said.
The Ukrainian Cultural Festival Soyuzivka, has been run annually for 13 years. It got its name from one of the oldest Ukrainian organizations in the United States, the Ukrainian National Association, which celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.
In 1952, the UNS acquired the land plot used for the festival in Kerhonkson, a hamlet in Ulster County, New York.
Among the guests at this year’s festival, which went from July 12 to 14, were some New York state officials and Ukrainian Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, Ukrinform reported.
Each year, the festival raises money for charity initiatives in Ukraine, including helping victims in the war-torn Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.