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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Three braided round breads, kolach, are set on the table with a beeswax candle placed in the centre. All foods served at Sviata Vecherya (Holy Supper) are meatless with the belief that the Nativity Fast cleanses the soul in preparation to welcome the Christ child into our heart and home. It is also out of respect to the animals which were present at the Nativity and are given the special attention of being fed first on this evening.

On Christmas Eve the didukh, a wheat sheaf, is brought into the house by the head of household and placed in a significant location beneath an icon. Also known as grandfather, the didukh is home for spirits of the ancestors. An empty place will be left at the table for family who have left the earthly world. Twelve food dishes (representative of 12 apostles) include kutia (a wheat dish), borscht, varenyky (perogies), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), fish, beans with garlic, fruit compote and others. Бог Предвічний (God Eternal is Born) is sung, the head of the household gives the blessing and the meal begins. Carolling will follow. Then, everyone goes to church to celebrate the special Liturgical services.

This is just a sampling of Ukrainian Christmas traditions. Your family may have their own and certainly, you can find many more on the internet. Do some research and make this season a special celebration!