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Martinovanje in New York

The New York Branch of Slovenian Union of America organized the annual Martinovanje event at the Church of Saint Cyril in New Yorkon Sunday, November 9. On behalf of the Branch 93 Tanya Vajk welcomed honored guests, who came from Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. and as far as south of Argentina. Father Krizolog also greeted the parishioners of the Church of Saint Cyril and members of the New York Branch of Slovenian Union of America; a dozen children from 6 months to 16 years – and 80 Slovenes young at heart!

Before the meal, Ambassador Dr. Cerar, who joined the Slovenian community for the celebration from Washington, D.C., thanked all the guests for

From left: Mia Branc, Ria Polajner Whitmire, Camille Okoren Price and Tanya Vajk preparing the martinovo dishes.

From left: Mia Branc, Ria Polajner Whitmire, Camille Okoren Price and Tanya Vajk preparing the martinovo dishes.

their support of Slovenia and for nurturing Slovenian culture and heritage in the United States. After the meal, the guests danced the polka to tunes played the whole time on the accordion by Alex Gergar from Bethlehem. This was the third Martinovanje hosted by the Slovenian Union
of America at the Church of Saint Cyril in East Village, New York, and the one with the largest attendance yet. Everybody enjoyed one of the best home-cooked Slovenian meals they had had in years.

The menu included traditional regional Slovenian dishes: home baked bread and liptauer (farmer’s cheese spread), savoy cabbage and roman beans salad (zelje in fižol), roasted goose, mlinci (home made pasta) with goose gravy, red cabbage, roasted green beans, bread dumplings (plain and with ham), potica walnut roll cake and plum tart and chicken fingers for the children.

The wine was donated by Emil Gaspari of Slovenian Premium Wines and by the Movia Winery from Dobrovo, Slovenia. The event would not have been possible without the aid of numerous volunteers, and especially without the dedication and hard work of Ms. Tanya Vajk, who, with her endeavors to preserve Slovenian traditions, is a vibrant force in the American Slovenian community in NY.

Courtesy of the Slovenian Embassy

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