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Ukrainian Winter Holidays ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB528322
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  James Beveridge
Directors:  Laura Boulton
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Ottawa), Office national du film du Canada (Ottawa)
Subject:  Arts, Diversity, Documentary, Religious Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1942
Running Time:  21:05

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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.

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