Step back in time and experience the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in a unique, winter setting with Iordan-Feast of Jordan on Monday, Jan. 19.
Iordan, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, is observed annually at the end of the Ukrainian Christmas season to commemorate the baptism of Christ. One of the most important holy days of the Ukrainian church calendar, this one-day event at the village commences at 10 a.m. with liturgies in three historic churches: St. Nicholas Russo-Greek Orthodox, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic, and St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Greek Orthodox.
Bring a glass jar!
Following the church services, attend an outdoor water blessing ceremony where visitors can collect a small amount of holy water to take home. After the ceremony, follow the clergy as they bless a number of historic homes at this open-air museum.
Jump over the smoke!
In addition to free wagon rides (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to a number of historical buildings, experience the ritualistic burning of the didukh. Learn why the final sheaf of wheat, oats, barley or buckwheat collected during the fall harvest is placed in the home on Christmas Eve, and then burnt in the yard on Iordan.
Try some festive foods!
Enjoy food service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with traditional Ukrainian fare from the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society. The menu for this event includes: kutia (boiled wheat with honey and poppy seed), borshch (beet soup), pyrohy (perogies) with roast fish, and pampushky (doughnuts). Coffee and muffins will be also be available in the morning.
When: Monday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
Admission: for Iordan is $5 for adults, $12.50 for a family (two adults and their children aged seven to 17), $4 for seniors and $2.50 for youth (aged seven to 17). Children six and under are admitted free. Admission is also free for those with a current Experience Alberta’s History Pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card.
About the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is located 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16. Apart from Iordan, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is closed until May 16, 2015.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-662-3640 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta)
For information on all of Alberta’s historic sites and museums, visit www.culture.alberta.ca.