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Folk Melanka and Kosa Kolektiv

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Saša Rajšić, Art Installation Technician | December 30, 2016

New Year’s Eve is less than two days away. Growing up this was one of my favorite holidays because my family would celebrate it twice! We would welcome a new year using both the Gregorian calendar, January 1st, and the Julian calendar, January 14th. Nowadays, I use this as an opportunity to fail my New Year’s resolutions and start them again in the middle of January.

More about the difference between the two calendars can be found here.

Although a majority of us in Canada follow the Gregorian calendar when observing New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there are many cultures around the world that do it differently. For example the New Year in the Hindu, Chinese, Coptic, Jewish, and Islamic calendars differ to that of the Gregorian calendar.

In case you feel one New Year Eve is not enough for you and the idea of celebrating it twice excites you, I would like to bring your attention to Kosa Melanka, a folk-style Ukrainian New Year’s Party that will happen on January 21st in Toronto.

More information about the event can be found here.

Kosa Kolektiv is a group of talented women from Toronto and the surrounding region who explore and celebrate all things folk and peasant through art, songs, food, and everyday life. Their events are inclusive, fun, and educational. Come and make new friends while enjoying traditional food and caroling as well as folk music and dancing. In addition to being a fun way to celebrate to start 2017 again, it is also a fundraiser for their amazing collective.

Happy New Year everybody!