Our Collections

We have been building our library, archival and artifact collections since the 1930s. Our collection includes Ukrainian schoolbooks, records from some prominent Ukrainian Canadians, and extensive textiles, as well as numerous other items. Click HERE to learn more.

The Gift Shop

The Museum's Gift Shop is a popular area for our guests to browse with its large variety of authentic Ukrainian clothing, giftware and books. Whether visitors are from far away or local residents, there is a gift, souvenir or personal item for everyone. Click HERE to learn more.

 
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Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2010-12-22
Icons are a centerpiece of traditional Ukrainian homes and are usually decorated with rushnyky (embroidered or woven ritual towels). Nativity icons have special significance since they represent beliefs surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.


Sviati Vechir (Holy Supper)

There are many dishes on the table. The number of dishes served during Sviati Vechir (Holy Supper) varies depending on the region in Ukraine from seven to twelve dishes. The food also varies but includes kutia (a wheat dish), borscht, varenyky (perogies), kolach (braided bread), and other dishes. The dishes are all meatless, due to the belief that a Lenten meal cleanses the soul in preparation to welcome the Christ child into ones heart and home. Animals have a special place due to their presence at the Nativity. Animals are fed first on Christmas Eve, and it is believed that they can speak on that special night.



З Різдвом Христовим!