Growing up in Toronto’s east end, a landing-strip for many emigrant families, my parents’ included, playing the global game was a matter of course. In my teens, I played soccer for the local club. We couldn’t have represented the neighbourhood better. Caribbean, Italian, South Asian, Slavic, Hispanic, some Greek — a group of first-generation Canadians […]
On January 7 when most folks have gone back to work or school after an inevitably too-brief holiday, Ukrainians everywhere will begin celebrating their Christmas.
Ukrainian Christmas covers a month-long cycle of important feast days. Christmas Eve, following the Julian calendar, is January 6 and starts when the first star is sighted. The Christmas Eve supper, or “Holy Supper,” consists of 12 meatless dishes like baked beets, pickled herrings, cabbage rolls, and varenyky (often called pyrogy), which are filled with a mixture of cheese, potatoes and sometimes sauerkraut. The dozen dishes symbolize the 12 apostles who gathered for the Last Supper.