In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko extended his warm Christmas and New Year’s greetings to all of the participants. He also greeted everyone on the occasion of the Day of Reunion and Liberty of Ukraine which is celebrated by all Ukrainians around the world on January 22.
On the evening of January 15, 2013, carolers came to the Embassy to sing Ukrainian Christmas carols and in this way celebrate Christmas and greet the coming New Year together with the Ukrainian diplomats and with all who attended this festive event. In attendance were Ukrainian diplomats, Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic clergy, representatives of local Ukrainian organizations and invited guests.
Among the carolers, there were several choirs from the Ottawa area, among them: a children’s choir, a choir of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and members of a Ukrainian men’s chorus «Accord». All of the choirs put on a great performance. The auditorium at the Embassy resounded with the beautiful sounds of Ukrainian carols, traditional Ukrainian New Year and Christmas greetings and songs.
Later that evening, there was a contest of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes. All Christmas dishes were numbered and everyone was encouraged to taste all of the dishes and then cast their ballot for their favorite. There were more than 20 traditional Ukrainian dishes submitted in this contest. The votes were then counted by a panel of judges. As luck would have it, the Ambassador’s “kutia” dish received the most votes and took 1st place. The prize was a bottle of a Ukrainian brandy “Borysfen” which is produced by the Ukrainian company “Tavria House of Vintage Cognacs” from Nova Kakhovka and is about to be introduced to the Canadian market..
The Ambassador and his wife Inna graciously declined the prize and turned it over to the Second Place winner – professional chef Mrs. Raisa Hordiychyk.