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Thread poster: Nina Khmielnitzky

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 18:27
Member (2004)
English to French
Sep 22, 2004

Hello,
I will be getting married at a Ukrainian church in Montreal next year and in order to get ready, I would need information about the traditions and ceremony. I found a few descriptions in English on the Internet.

Are there translators who could tell me, for example, what the traditional cloths (2) that I must find should look like?

Thank you,
Nina


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Oleg Prots  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 01:27
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Traditions vary greatly across Ukraine... Sep 22, 2004

... as well as traditional clothes, their colors and methods of embroidery.

One thing that you will most certainly need is the embroidered wedding towel ("rushnyk" in Ukrainian) - the couple steps onto it during the ceremony, and it becomes the first family relic.
There is a variety of such towels, depending on the region of Ukraine. Below are several examples just to give you an idea:
http://www.school29.iatp.org.ua/dekorativ.files/images/r5.jpg
http://www.ko.if.ua/museum/pic/vyshyvka/13.jpg
http://www.ko.if.ua/museum/pic/vyshyvka/11.jpg

There are many other wonderful customs and traditions, but I cannot tell you for sure which ones will apply in the Ukrainian church in Montreal.

Best of luck, anyway!
Oleg


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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:27
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resources Sep 23, 2004

Hi, Nina,
Be happy - this is the most important tradition to follow, I strongly believe.

Then, you can visit http://www.infoukes.com/ and browse the site for the info you need. You can even go to infoukes mailing list there and ask people - you may probably get a knowlegdeable consultant right there in Montreal. Other general resource: http://www.brama.com/ and results for my search on 'Ukrainian wedding': http://www.brama.com/cgi-bin/htsearch


Bless you,
Vladimir


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Vassyl Trylis  Identity Verified
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More exactly, please Sep 23, 2004

Nina,

Every church has its own understanding of the wedding ceremony, so You need to consult them.
In fact, most of the traditional rites are to be performed at home (yours and your fiance). To get to further information, You must tell 1) what region of Ukraine You would represent, and 2) if You can read Ukrainian textes (I may recommend You some major books).

Good luck!


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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 18:27
Member (2004)
English to French
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Thank you all Sep 23, 2004

Thank you all for the links and information!

Another question: Is it usually tradition for the bride and embroider to sew her own rushnyk, or can it be bought? (I'm not good at sewing, but I'm willing to learn!)

Nina


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