Category Archives: holiday

It’s Easter this Sunday!

Don’t forget it’s Easter this Sunday for both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. You can read up on our Easter Sunday primer to refresh your memory, and get some varenyky recipes and some odd tips for making Paska from the Canadian Press (doesn’t everyone bake them in old cans?). There are also loads of authentic recipes on this Ukrainian cooking forum.

While I wasn’t able to promote all the local Easter festivals that had happened this weekend, there’s still time to get some of your favourite foods from popular stores (in Toronto there’s Future Bakery, Natalie’s Kitchen and Vatra to name a few).

If you’re going to dabble in some pysanky making, you can still get supplies from local vendors (in Toronto Koota Ooma comes to mind), as well online from Ukrainian Bookstore. Get inspired by some news stories from great pysanky makers and some in training too! For a good laugh there’s always my documented attempt from a few years ago.

And in all the food eating and pysanky making this long weekend, don’t forget to remember the religious aspect of the holiday. For the past two years both Easters have been on the same day, but next year the Gregorian calendar will have Easter fall on April 8, 2012 and Julian on April 15, 2012.

Gearing up for Ukrainian Christmas 2011

For some Ukrainian Canadians and Americans, Christmas was celebrated on Sunday – but the majority are still preparing to celebrate on the traditional date of January 7th. If you’re a little unclear on the details why or want a refresher on what to serve feel free to read up on our very popular Introduction to Ukrainian Christmas. And while the malls may not play ’Carol of the Bells’ anymore, you should know it’s a Ukrainian song! As well you can download some Ukrainian Christmas music for your holiday enjoyment. If you need some additional inspiration, check out some photos of a traditional Christmas meal.

And when your Christmas dinner is done and you’re still wanting more, don’t fret as Ukrainian New Years ‘Malanka’ – is right around the corner!