The 24th annual Saints New Martyrs and Russian Bazaar Autumn Festival was held on October 4 at the Saints New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Orthodox Church in Norwich. The festival has become something of an institution in Norwich, with both parish members and the community looking forward to the event. The festivities are fully coordinated in-house by church leaders and committee members and showcase Russian culture here in Norwich and abroad.
This particular Russian Orthodox parish was established in 1998 and moved to its current location at 364 Canterbury Turnpike in 2005. Last year’s festivities were scaled back due to COVID-19 and only included one food event. driving.
This year, the congregation, led by Priest and Rector Father John Malcom, was determined to return the festival to its full glory, while respecting all health and safety precautions set out by the city.
The 2021 festival included a gift shop where attendees could purchase Christmas decorations, shawls, Orthodox prayer books and other traditional items imported from Russia, with all profits going directly to the parish. There were also over 20 raffle prizes available, including baskets sponsored by local businesses like Norwich Bowling and Bubbles to Butterfly Swim School.
Father Malcom has proven that he can cook spiritual and physical food, while working at the hot food station serving traditional Russian dishes like stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and piroshki buns to festival goers. .
The deacon of the parish, Father Cyril Grégoire, also organized visits to chapels and shed light on many traditions within the Russian Orthodox faith.