Underneath the iconic golden domes of this Kyivan-Rus temple of Christianity lies over 260 square metres of rich frescoes and 3000 square metres of mosaics, many of which are still intact almost a millennium later from the 11th century.
Originally the private collection of Ivan Honchar who was charged with nationalism under the Soviets and monitored by the KGB, this collection boasts over 15,000 items from as early as the 16th century – including folklore hero Cossack Mamay.
Last night on the Slice channel, some Ukrainian flair was shown on the wedding show ‘Four Weddings Canada’ where brides rate each other’s weddings and the winner receives a free honeymoon. A Toronto Ukrainian couple’s wedding was featured at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church near Ossington station St. Nicholas church near Trinity Bellwoods. The reception had Ukrainian dancers and helped them beat out the other brides for the grand prize, an all paid-for honeymoon. You can watch the entire episode online (it starts around 30:00):
Here are some highlights from last week’s Toronto & Buffalo Ukrainian Festivals. I apologize for the lateness as I’ve been dealing with an internet outage (still ongoing) and it’s tough to get these uploaded without it!