Easter party in Washington

On Saturday, April 4th, 2009, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Mrs. Natalia Kislyak will host the 16th annual Easter Party at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. This annual event invites children adopted from Russian orphanages to the Embassy, to celebrate their Russian heritage. More than 300 families are expected to attend.

The annual Easter event was first organized by Russian Ambassador Yuli Mikhailovich Vorontsov in 1993 so that children born in the Russian Federation would be able to maintain their ties to their Russian culture. Children from the Embassy's school performed traditional Russian songs and dance,

and invited the adopted children to join in. For many years, Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov and his wife Svetlana Ushakova continued this important tradition. This year, Russia's new Ambassador to the United States Kislyak and his wife will welcome the American families and their Russian children.

Families attending the Easter Party bring donations of new shoes, clothes and other supplies for shipment to Russian orphanages.

This year's event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Russian Embassy Compound located at 2645 Tunlaw Road N.W. in Washington, D.C. Reservations are required. All families who have adopted children from Russia are welcome to attend.

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