|Celebrating Wigilia at St. Florian's in Hamtramck with Laura Kline and Wayne State U Slavic Program. Church, greeters, dancers, and Elissa sharing oblatek with friend Natasha|
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Wigilia reminds us that cultural traditions sustain us, in all places, in all religions, at all times. Wigilia, Christmas eve, is commemorated around the world in different ways, steeped in a myriad of cultural folkways both universal and unique. I remember the elaborate fish dinners, an Italian tradition, we had in Rochester when I was growing up, prepared by my mom’s father, then by my mom, and in somewhat modern form by the third and fourth generations. I remember the holiday traditions in
the boisterous and heartfelt toasts. Similar traditions are celebrated throughout Ukraine Europe
and other parts of the world.
The program for this Wigilia celebration included the lyrics to Silent Night in English, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and German. Very sweet, very moving. Here it is in Russian:
Ночь тухаб ночь свята,
Людуб дапь чиста,
Лишь в пещере свеча горит,
Там святая чета не слит,
В яслях дреемлет дитя.
Happy holidays everyone!