26 years ago yesterday was the anniversary of the Chornobyl (Ukrainian spelling) disaster. While there’s little new news coming from that event, here are some finer points all should remember: The Soviet Union stayed silent after the explosion, exposing Ukrainians to the deadly radiation while Communist apparatchiks were evacuated from neighbouring cities. The event was finally […]Read more "26th Anniversary of Chornobyl"
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of one of the most important Canadian documents – the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that finally allowed Canada to fully govern itself outside of British parliament. It had made Canada a truly independent nation, allowing courts and judges to defend the citizen against the state and guarded the minority from […]Read more "How a Ukrainian Canadian helped draft the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms"
Happy Easter! For those celebrating this weekend, here are some articles and videos that should get you into the spirit: While we’re in hockey playoff season, even Don Cherry gets into the spirt… sorta :/ Ukrainian Easter in Kerhonkson Parishioners Saturday at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kerhonkson celebrated Easter and Ukrainian traditions […]Read more "Ukrainian Easter round-up 2012"
As Easter approaches (Sunday the 15th on the Julian calendar and this Sunday on the Gregorian), one of the oldest Ukrainian traditions is decorating Easter Eggs known as Pysanky (which is plural, where as Pysanka is one). An ancient custom pre-dating Christianity in the region over 1,000 years ago, these eggs were decorated to symbolize new life […]Read more "How to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs: The Pysanka"