4th annual Vatra provides chance to maintain Slovak culture


People came to the fourth annual Youngstown-Warren Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Vatra –”bonfire “ – to join others in getting a taste of their common Rusyn and Slavic roots and some great homemade traditional food, and perhaps have a pivo (beer) around the vatra.

“Pivo is practically a requirement,” said Jim Basista of Weathersfield Township, president of the Youngstown-Warren Chapter.

The vatra, lighted in the evening, is a fall tradition of the Slavic people of the Carpathian mountains in Europe.

The festival was Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church in Boardman.

“It’s a chance for people with common ethnic backgrounds to come together. People of the second and third generations are trying to find their roots,” said Mike Vasilchek of Youngstown.

The event brings people to have a good time and to maintain the Slavic culture. The most important reason for the Vatra is a chance to meet all the friends, Basista said.

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