Cultures/History

The egg bridges Christian and Orthodox Easter

Date: 
04/08/2018
Bsktful

Dating back to 1054 A.D., a split in the Roman Catholic Church resulted in the birth of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is based on the Julian calendar.

A tip 'o the hat to ya: May the green be with you!

Date: 
03/17/2018
StPatHat

This year's celebrations of St. Patrick is expected to put $5.9 billion into the U.S. economy, according to the National Retail Federation. For those calculating, it is about $39.65 per person of the 149 million U.S. adults.

Holiday celebrations continue to January 19 say Ukrainians

Date: 
01/07/2018
Dec19KyivTree

While Christmas Day on the Julian calendar is celebrated on January 7, 2018, celebrations began on St. Nicholas Day, December 19, 2017, and will end on the Epiphany, January 19. Much joy was experienced during the lighting of the main Christmas tree in Kyiv's St.

Maintaining their egg differences: All Christians celebrate Easter on April 16 this year

Date: 
04/12/2017
GrpEggs

While the names of the decorated Easter eggs among Christians remain different, the seemingly mysterious celebration date* is the same this year...April 16. 

Spring Bazaar to benefit Ukraine war victims

Date: 
03/31/2016
VeraEgg

With Orthodox Easter to be celebrated on May 1, Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 739 N. Oakley, is holding a two day Spring Bazaar to benefit victims of war in the Ukraine.

St. Patrick's Day traditions: parades and corned beef

Date: 
03/16/2016
CloverDude

When that special green is seen and corned beef and cabbage are mentioned, do you wonder about the stories behind them? Here is tale of the annual emerald green Chicago River and the story behind corned beef and cabbage. 

Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp – 70th anniversary commemoration

Date: 
01/27/2015
AuschwitzGate

Seventy years ago on January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, was liberated after five years of atrocities. Today delegations from over 30 countries honored those lost and remaining.

License to Kill

Date: 
10/14/2014
LicenseToKill

Christian Carly* wrote the following story in Foreign Policy on Sept.10 with a sub-title "Never underestimate the power of rage."

Four myths: Russian government claims about the Ukraine and elsewhere

Date: 
09/22/2014
RussianSold

Since the start of the Kremlin’s campaign to take over Crimea in March, there have been false myths generated and broadcast by the Russian propaganda organization to give Putin the “license” to torment Ukraine and many other countries. 

Crisis in Ukraine: as explained simply by Ukrainian Village resident

Date: 
09/11/2014
UkrainTroops

UPDATE: A report on Reuters tells a story on Fri,. Sept. 12, about the Russian people asking where their loved ones have died. 

Memorial Day: Honoring military men and women who gave their lives for their country

Date: 
05/22/2014
Flags

Celebrated on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day, once called "Decoration Day," is a day to commemorate those who have died in the military services. 

Taras Shevchenko 200th birthday celebrated as Ukrainians find inspiration in his words

Date: 
03/27/2014
TShevchenkoYoung

In the midst of the current turmoil in Ukraine, the words of Taras Shevchenko, a bard, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated, are being used by protesters.

Durbin returns from Ukraine in a.m. and delivers briefing at Ukrainian Cultural Center mid-day...and Update

Date: 
03/22/2014
SenDurbin

Dick Durbin, Illinois' Senior Senator, addressed a large crowd hosted by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Division at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave., just hours after returning from the Ukraine on Sun., Mar. 16. 

Communications from and about Ukraine's Crimea

Date: 
03/14/2014
3Classmates

"I never expected that in the 21st Century that I would be in the middle of a war. It is a real war against us, the Ukrainians. I went to bed one night and the next morning I awoke in a different country,"

Several closings for Pulaski Day in Illinois on Monday March 3

Date: 
02/28/2014
CPulaski

UPDATE:
 Chicago Public Schools will be open due to snow days.

This year Mar. 3 is the day when Illinois and particularly Chicago and Cook County, where there are large populations of Poles, celebrate.

It is a confusing holiday because there is not consistent business closing "rules."

U.S. Census Bureau dishes up Valentine stats

Date: 
02/14/2014
Cupid

Valentine's Day is on everyone's mind today including the Field Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. They back up their thoughts with some cool statistics. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Date: 
02/14/2014
ValentineHeart

In fact, there were about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a pope! While it is believed that the St. Valentine recognized by the Roman Catholic Church died around 270 A.D., there is confusion around which of two men it really was. 

Ukrainians struggle for a European Democracy

Date: 
01/13/2014
Protest

Do you hear about unrest in the Ukraine and wonder what that is all about? Local Ukrainian Village resident, George Matwyshyn shares that knowledge.

The new year has found the citizens of Ukraine struggling with a familiar problem that other democracies have faced... how to reform a corrupt but legitimately elected political government.

Illinois Governor Quinn celebrates Latino Heritage month in new website launch

Date: 
09/14/2013
GovLatWebsite

At the roll out of a new website Fri., Sept. 13, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn began a month-long celebration of Latino Heritage. A different Latino “Trailblazer of the Day” will be featured.

Symphony Sounds String Quartet jazzes up their 2013 exit from Wicker Park

Date: 
08/15/2013
SSSQbyTree

Symphony Sounds String Quartet's (SSSQ) third and final concert of the 2013 Wicker Park Music Series was all about Jazz before a large enthusiastic crowd on Sun., Aug. 11. The string quartet performed impeccably as they have in all their concerts in the park.