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For Immediate Release
January 5, 2007

KLEES: Julian Calendar Christmas Celebrated
By Many Canadians This Weekend

(Queen’s Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees, the PC Education and Citizenship & Immigration Critic, today made the following statement regarding Julian Calendar Christmas Day:

“On Sunday, January 7th, Christmas will be observed by a number of Canadian Churches in accordance with their religious and cultural traditions.

“Ethiopians, Russians, Ukrainians, Serbians and others who follow the Julian or Old Church calendar (that falls 13 days behind the Western civil calendar) will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Christ in their families and parishes.

“The deeply meaningful Slavic tradition of Christmas Eve with its ‘Holy Supper’ is one where families partake of 12 meatless dishes while commemorating deceased family members who are believed to join the living in spirit for this special time. This is followed by brightly lit Church services proclaiming that “Christ is born!” to which the response is “Let us glorify Him!”

“On behalf of John Tory, the Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, I would like to take this opportunity to express my warmest personal regards to our Russian, Ukrainian and many other Churches and communities who will observe Christmas this coming weekend. Khrystos Razhdayetsia!”

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Frank Klees, MPP
416-325-7316
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