Today is Ukrainian (Orthodox) Christmas under the old Julian calendar. The traditional greeting on this day is Chrystos rodyvsya! *
My Rare One is in Manitoba right now celebrating the holiday with her Ukrainian aunties and cousins. There are so many of them that they have to rent the local community hall just to hold their feast and party. Have a perogy or ten for me, miy malenky tsybulyna! **
This painting of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve was painted by the great Ukrainian-Canadian prairie artist, William Kurelek. When I was in Manitoba a couple of weeks ago, I went to the Winnipeg Art Gallery to see a major retrospective of his work entitled William Kurelek: The Messenger. The exhibition is also available for interactive viewing on the web -- if you're interested, click here.
* Christ is born!
** my little onion!