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Prince of Peace Slovak Vilija, traditional Christmas Eve dinner


Prince of Peace Parish, in South Side, will host its 23rd Annual Slovak Vilija, a traditional Slovak Christmas Eve dinner, on Saturday, Dec. 10.

This traditional meatless meal enjoyed by Slavic families around the world features baked fish, mushroom soup, and assorted vegetables. Authentic delicacies such as priohi, bobalky, and kolachy crown the menu. Christmas is a time for families, so guests are encouraged to share memories of their own family Christmas Eve traditions as each course is served.

After dinner, the Pittsburgh Slovakians, the Tri-State’s oldest Slovak folk ensemble, will entertain guests with a unique presentation of folk songs, dances and carols that highlight the customs of the Christmas season in Slovak villages of long ago. The program culminates with the well-loved “Jaclickare” -- the re-telling of Christ’s birth from the point of view of the lowly shepherds.

The Prince of Peace Slovak Vilija is a once-a-year opportunity to feast on Slovak foods and enjoy a moving, authentic folk presentation. Attendance is by reservation only. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Parish office at 412-481-8380.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served according to tradition, as the first star rises, approximately 5 p.m. This very special dinner will be held at the Parish Center, 81 South 13th Street in South Side.


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