Remembrance of the Terek Cossack Genocide March 27th

Paying respect to Fridtjof Nansen

On Sat 19th of March Secretary of the Cossack Congress in America Nathalie Vogel payed respect to Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) in Fornebu, Norway.

The Culture of Terek Cossacks

Home life for the Terek Cossacks was formed under the influence of customs of the local population which was primarily formed of Chechens, Ingush, Kabardin, and Kumyk. In rural areas, Cossacks built huts usually having the name Sakila. In the villages adjacent to Vladikavkaz, the Cossacks huts differed slightly from the people of other ethnicities. The Cossacks had two rooms, followed by a decoration room. All in All, the Cossacks make their homes in the Chechen traditions.

Cossack Genocide

Stanitsa Nikolskaya Held Its Administrative Krug

On January 10th, 2015 Stanitsa Nikolskaya held its Administrative Krug in the Church hall of Saint Nicholas Church following the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. The Cossacks reviewed the current accomplishments of Dimitri Bagaydin, the elected Ataman of the Stanitsa in Summer of 2015, and have agreed to extend his term officially for next four years. The Krug established that Ataman will plan a multitude of events for this year, based on a variety of activities, allowing all of the Cossacks of the Stanitsa to participate.

Cossack Traditions of Celebrating Christmas

Cossacks never celebrated New Year or considered this day to be a holiday of great importance. It should be worth mentioning that each Cossack host had it’s own tradition for this time of the year. While little is known of the Zaparozhzhya Cossacks, historians have discovered that the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks did not place a Christmas tree in their living rooms, or wait for a breaded man in a jolly red suit to come down the chimney. Instead, the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks held elections.

Merry Christmas

The Cossack Congress in America would like to congratulate all Cossacks who celebrate the Nativity of Christ our Lord by the Julian calender and wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Happy New Year!

The Cossack Congress in America congratulates everyone with a happy new year! We wish everyone happiness, health, and success in 2016.

Educational Committee Meeting

On December 26th, 2015 the Educational Committee of the Cossack Congress in America met to discuss a strategy for the upcoming year of 2016. The Committee will continue to actively interact with the website publishers, as well as continue with the preparation of the presentation on Cossack History. The most exciting news of the meeting came when the Committee vote on the establishment of an online database containing Cossack Literature, Cossack Dictionary, and other related material. The database will become operational in mid-January 2016.

Vasiliy Nistratov Reposed In The Lord

Cossack Vasiliy Nistratov Reposed in the Lord on December 22nd, 2015 in the hospital after suffering from respiratory failure. His funeral and burial was held at Holy Trinity Monastery, where he spent the last 20 years of his living life in the United States. Vasiliy was widely known among the Cossack Communities in New Jersey and for his active role. He originally immigrated to the United States during the Soviet Era. Vasiliy also spent many years working and helping out on the grounds of Holy Trinity Monastery.