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Ukrainian Winter Holidays

Ukrainian Winter Holidays
1942, director:

Excerpt (3:29)


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Facing oppression at home, numerous Ukrainians emigrated, bringing their traditions with them. Significant Ukrainian immigration to Canada dates from the 1890s. This 1942 film depicts Christmas in a Ukrainian farm community near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Christ's baptism is commemorated with a ceremony featuring a large cross of ice. Festivities include costumes and dancing. Traditional music is performed by Ukrainian Manitobans.