Cretan Association Marks 100 Years

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cretans Association Omonoia of New York on Oct. 20 at the Kritiko Spiti in Astoria. (Photo by Kosta Bej via The National Herald)

Traditional Cretan music and dances filled Kritiko Spiti in Astoria where, on Oct. 20, the Cretans Association Omonoia of New York celebrated its 100th anniversary, reports Christodoulos Athanasatos for The National Herald, which also posted a video from the festivities.

The “Omonoia” Association, founded by expatriate Cretans in 1918, currently has over 700 members, of which at least 350 are active, heading into the 4th generation of New Yorkers, who will take over the reins in a few years and will continue the efforts of this dynamic association.

To start the event, Fr. Nektarios Papazafiropoulos of the local St. Demetrios Cathedral led a prayer and gave remarks.

“I congratulate you, because your presence is necessary in the Diaspora and continue to pass the culture and your traditions to your children. That was the purpose of the Association, when it was founded 100 years ago,” said Fr. Papazafiropoulos.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, joined by fellow Greek-American lawmaker Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, commented “that his first pre-election appearance 18 years ago was at an Association event, at their Broadway premises.”

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