December 10 – January 13

Our annual outreach to generous community members to ask for your support for the year ahead.

Let the season of love, hope, giving, and celebrating our rich traditions begin!

Download our guides to learn about Christmas traditions in Canada!

Ukrainian Christmas (Rizdvo) Traditions and Customs

Curious to know what your Ukrainian neighbours and friends are doing for Christmas? Learn about the rich heritage of traditions and customs that are celebrated on either December 25th or January 6th (or both!)

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Як святкують Різдво в Канаді

Перше Різдво у Канаді? Дізнайтесь як святкуватимуть ваші друзі та сусіди, яких звичаїв та традицій притримуються тут.

Noël Ukrainien (Rizdvo) Traditions et Coutumes

Curieux de savoir ce que font vos voisins et amis ukrainiens pour Noël? Découvrez le riche patrimoine de traditions et de coutumes célébrées le 25 décembre ou le 6 janvier (ou les deux!)

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Learn more about Ukrainian Canadian Christmas Traditions

Поринь у світ різдвяних традицій з нами!
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The First Star
The first star signifies the beginning of Christmas!
Christmas Eve is an important tradition for many families and over the years various traditions emerged. One such tradition is for the youngest child to look our for the first star in the night sky. Once it appears, Christmas has officially begun!
Ukrainian fried Christmas cookies
This recipe for Khrustyky, or Ukrainian fried cookies, is the perfect dessert for Ukrainian Christmas, or any day. They are super light and crispy with a hint of sweetness from the icing sugar. They are also fairly simple to make, and don’t require a ton of time. Unlike a lot of other dough in Ukrainian cooking, this dough only rises for about 30 minutes and doesn’t require a ton of kneading...
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specially made sheaf of wheat that Ukrainians bring to their houses on Christmas Eve
Didukh has many names: snip-rai, grandfather, caroler. According to the biblical parable, Jesus Christ was born in a stable in the cold season. When Joseph saw a crack in the wall, he closed it with a sheaf, so it became warmer in the stable. Thus the tradition to put a festive sheaf in the house appeared.
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Koliady are Ukrainian traditional songs sung after Christmas that glorifies the birth of Jesus Christ.

Koliada from Balaklava Blues


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