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“JESUS” in Philadelphia

Church of the Saviour in the suburbs of Philadelphia held their annual Fall Festival on Friday evening, October 21.  Due to weather, this was the first time in 10 years to hold it inside. Several members organized the huge event for the local community, complete with games, prizes, inflatables, food, and giveaways. The evening was lively and entertaining. One of …

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Chinese and Vietnamese New Year!

This Thursday marks the beginning of the week-long Chinese New Year festival when all families gather together!  Vietnam and many other Asian countries have their own celebrations. The week’s excitement includes dragon dances, temple fairs and fireworks! Traditions include lucky decorations, gifts and foods in hopes that the coming year will be full of good luck! 2015 is the year of the goat. Remember …

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Naya Jeevan in JESUS!

Naya Jeevan, meaning “New Life” in Hindi, is a Cru ministry reaching South Asians ​ in America and abroad.​ One of their key strategies involves outreach at cultural festivals where JESUS Film DVDs and evangelistic literature are freely distributed in ​South Asian​ languages. Imagine touching the lives of 1,000 South Asians with the good news of JESUS in a single day! Such festivals …

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Nigeria’s Independence Day

New York City celebrates the 51st anniversary of Nigeria‘s Independence this weekend! Thursday Night Welcome Party Friday Cultural Night Saturday’s Nigeria Independence Day Parade Once a one-day event, became a three-days festival to expand Nigerian-American relations.  2014 marks the 29th annual parade and is the only parade in NYC by an African nation.  As in recent years, the parade plans to proceed down 2nd Avenue …

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Begins Tonight: Feast of the Tabernacles

Tonight, many Jews in the US will begin celebrating their week-long Feast of the Tabernacles. Some families may erect small temporary shelters in their backyards to remind them of their history of wandering in the dessert. They also may decorate with dried squash and corn as a picture of God’s blessing and provision. However, the first day is to be …

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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) begins at sundown this Saturday and concludes the season of Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son. Ishmael (Ismail). Here’s the story: “Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of …

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Turkish Festival in DC

Today on Pennsylvania Avenue, the American-Turkish Association of Washington DC is sponsoring a family-friendly festival featuring Turkish art and culture through music,  folk dances, fashion, children’s activities, craft vendors and Turkish cuisine. Enjoy some kabobs and Turkish coffee. Every year, tens of thousands come to enjoy the festivities. Washington DC has designated this month  to be “Turkish Heritage Month.” Our …

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German-Americans Celebrate!

NYC hosted the most popular German-American celebration this past weekend: the 57th Annual Steuban Parade (and military-band concert, gala and Oktoberfest)!  The colorful musical parade, complete with elaborate floats and participants in traditional costumes, marched and danced down 5th Avenue for 20 blocks.  You can view previous parades. Other cities hold similar annual events. Today, there are approximately 50 million German-Americans. …

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Little Italy: Feast of San Gennaro

In 1926, The Feast of San Gennaro was a one-day religious holiday on September 19th, for the new Italian immigrants, in NYC’s “Little Italy” in lower Manhattan, to celebrate San Gennaro, Patron Saint of Naples. A group of cafe owners built a simple chapel to enclose the statue of their saint. The devout pinned offerings for the needy to the …

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NYC’s Great Irish Fair

The 33rd annual Great Irish Fair celebrates New York City’s tremendous Irish-American heritage on September 13th and 14th! 100% of all the proceeds go to the Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens. There is something for everyone in the family: 5k run/walk, Irish bands of all sorts, traditional dancing, great ethnic food and drinks, and plenty of children’s attractions. Though …