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Ukrainian Winter Holidays

Ukrainian Winter Holidays
1942, director:

Film (22:00)


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> Religion | Ukrainian Canadians | Dance | Music | Customs and traditions | Winnipeg | Prairie provinces | Festivals | Agricultural communities

  Description     The film  
Ukrainian communities of the Canadian prairies still follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on the seventh of January. Traditional foods are prepared for the holy Christmas Eve supper, eaten when the first star of the evening appears. Then traditional carols and light-hearted dances in gay costume continue the festivities. In striking contrast, on Christmas Day the Ukrainians gather at the Greek Orthodox church to worship in a solemn service with ancient ritual.