Ukrainian Community Events

Information about upcoming events in the Ukrainian community in Ottawa is available from the Ottawa branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).

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Sunday, December 8

12pm - 1:30 pm -- Borshch & Varenyky Lunch, $10
followed by performance


Sunday, December 15, 12:30pm, in our church hall

Nectar Flowers Ottawa is collaborating with Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral to invite you to our session of festive winter workshops. A wonderful opportunity for parents and children to spend quality time together and a fantastic chance for adults to dive into the world of floral art and Ukrainian culture.

Two workshops will be conducted simultaneously – Christmas Didukh and Christmas Wreath (all materials will be provided)

Christmas Wreath (diameter 35-40 cm) – A Christmas wreath is not just a decoration, it is also a family charm, a symbol of hope for happiness, prosperity, as well as a welcoming greeting for guests. We will create a unique wreath using natural and artificial materials. Wreath weaving involves not only the development of fine motor skills, but also provides for true natural aromatherapy and meditation.

Christmas Didukh – The participants will become closer to the original Ukrainian traditions and will create their own Christmas Didukh for happiness and comfort in their homes. Didukh is a traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration, a symbol of donation of the best grain in the crops and the harvest, prosperity, wealth, immortal ancestor, founder of the family and spiritual life of Ukrainians.

Cost: Christmas Didukh - $40, Christmas Wreath - $60. A portion will be donated to the church. To register, please email, or phone 613-404-9868

We guarantee the true atmosphere of holidays, comfort, creativity, as well warming drinks (tea, coffee) and professional florists-instructors.


Order your traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal to take home and enjoy in the comfort of your home.

DINNER FOR 2 – $60
Prepaid orders only (cash or cheque)

Pick-up: Sunday, January 5, 4pm-7pm at 1000 Byron Avenue. Delivery available for an
additional $10.

Dinner includes: kolach, kutya, borsch with vushka (mushroom-filled dumplings), varenyky (potato), holubtsi (vegetarian cabbage rolls), kapusta (sauerkraut) and peas, mushroom gravy, beans, fried fish, oseledci (marinated herrings), pampushky & uzvar (dried fruit compote)

For more information & to place your order, contact: Irene Lind, 613-435-1097,

Liturgical Vestment Colors of the Orthodox Church

Liturgical Vestment Colors of the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox clergy wear two kinds of robes, non-liturgical and liturgical. The non-liturgical robes are the ordinary daily clothing of the clergy, worn underneath ‘liturgical robes’. Liturgical robes, or ‘vestments’, are worn during church services.

The non-liturgical robes are called cassocks (Greek rason, Ukrainian pidryasnyk) and outer cassocks (Greek exo-rason, Slavonic riassa). Cassocks are floor-length garments that have long sleeves fitted like shirtsleeves. Outer cassocks are also floor-length garments, but they’re more loosely fitting, with very large sleeves.

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