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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 […]

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Dancers in the 2010 Chinese New Year Parade, Vancouver (courtesy Vancouver Sun).

Dancers in the 2010 Chinese New Year Parade, Vancouver (courtesy Vancouver Sun).

Sunday, February 10 marks the Lunar New Year. For others it has already been the new year for some time. For Jews, the year 5774 will begin on September 5. For Thais, Cambodians and Laotians the new year will be celebrated in April.

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Ukrainian Dancers At the Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba (photo by Menno Fieguth).

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.

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