Book: Ukrainian Christmas: Traditions, Folk Customs, and Recipes
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If you're familiar with the world-renowned `Ukrainian Bell Carol' or `Carol of the Bells' (in Ukrainian known as `Shchedryk' [Epiphany Carol]) by Ukrainian composer, conductor and teacher Mykola Leontovych (see biography of Leontovyh on the website of Encyclopedia of Ukraine), then you've already experienced some of the Ukrainian magic that touches people worldwide while annually celebrating Christmas.
Included in this booklet are: a brief description of Shchedrivky/Carol of the Bells, a musical score, Ukrainian lyrics, a literal translation of the Ukrainian words and English words sung to music--and, that's just one of the myriad topics covered.
On the cover of `Ukrainian Christmas' is depicted `Nativity Icon,' which was painted by Deacon Michael Barida, (at the time of publication) the principal of Saint Josaphat's Separate School [an English-Ukrainian day school] in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The icon is from Sts. Vladimir and Olga (Sts. Volodymyr and Olha) Church in Windsor, Ontario; photo is by Michael Wilk of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
When you open this 122-page booklet, you'll enter a cornucopia of Ukrainian culture, cuisine and religious rituals, as the Spirit of Ukrainian Christmas showcases the very rich Ukrainian heritage.
The four-page table of contents offers numerous selections from within the four main subject areas: Ukrainian Winter Time Traditions and Customs (St. Nicholas Day, Malanka, Yordan [Epiphany], and the Blessing of the Home, among others); Seasonal Decorations for the Home, Christmas Tree, and Table (the didukh, yalynka, paper chains, paper cutouts: stars and snowflakes, spider webs and spiders, and others); Songs of the Season (Boh Predvichnyi [God Eternal], Nova Radist Stala [A New Joy Descended], Y Vyflyiemi [In Bethlehem], Shchedrivky [New Year's Wishes], and the background of Koliadky and Shchedrivky, among others); and, Seasonal Recipes for Christmas Time and Winter (Sviata Vechera menu, kutia, kolach, borsch, vushka for borsch, pyrohy, holubsti, favorite Ukrainian wintertime recipes, and others)--this is just a sampling of the numerous entries to be found in `Ukrainian Christmas.' Each of the main chapters is accompanied by a color photo; throughout the book are illustrations enhancing the detailed descriptions.
At the end of `Ukrainian Christmas' is a description of the emigration of Ukrainians to the United States and Canada as of 1983. Also shown are two maps: Ukrainians in the U.S.A. by 1958 and Ukrainians in Canada by 1951. For info on this book, write to: Ukrainian Heritage Company, 8444 Kraay, Munster, Indiana 46321. Ending this detailed, excellent reference source is a photo of the author with her family wishing all a blessed and happy Christmas season--Khrystos Rodyvsia!