Christmas Star: Holiday Symbols and Decorations in Ukraine

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Ages: Adult 18+
Location: Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre
Registration Fee: $45.00 + HST/$40.50 + HST for members

Celebrate the holidays in creative style with regional artist Mariya Blyznyuk! In this special adult workshop, participants will become familiar with the history and function of the Christmas Star, one of the brightest symbols of the Ukrainian holiday season! Meant to bring a joyful atmosphere, the octagonal star is a symbol of light, the sun, and the religious season.

In Ukrainian tradition, carolers go from home to home and sing Christmas songs called Koliadky (from “calendar”), where they wish hosts a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The carolers wear special costumes and make-up. Young carolers carry the Christmas Star.

Mariya Blyznyuk will guide participants to create their very own Christmas star, that they can use and display for the holiday season! Materials provided. Register in advance as spots are limited.


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Mariya Blyznyuk

Mariya Blyznyuk is Ukrainian Canadian Artist, Member of The Federation of Canadian Artists and the Barrie Art Club. In 2007, Mariya came to Canada and settled in Barrie, Ontario. She has organized and owns The Green Lion Arts Studio for children and adults, teaching painting, graphics, and illustrations, on various media and using various techniques.