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Celebrate the Ukrainian New Year in Yorkton this January!
 
Photo by Max Kukurudziak on Unsplash

If you've never heard of it before, Malanka is the New Year holiday celebrated in the Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Just as Chinese New Year is celebrated in accordance to the traditional Chinese calendar and the Jewish New Year marks the start of the year in the Hebrew calendar, Malanka is the beginning of the year according to the Julian calendar. It is celebrated annually on January 13th, and this year there are a couple of fabulous events in Yorkton honouring this holiday! A visit to this city and participating in Malanka celebrations is a wonderful way to discover a new culture and traditions.
 
On January 10th, make your way to the Painted Hand Casino for the Malanka Ukrainian New Year Celebration featuring the Ukrainian Old Timers band! This will be an evening of Ukrainian food, dance, and welcoming in the upcoming year. The Ukrainian Old Timers have been performing for nearly 40 years and have toured all over the country. They’ve performed at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festivals for the past 23 years, with original music and lyrics that will have you laughing and dancing the night away. Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm, with the show following the meal. Tickets are $35. Please note you must be 19 years or older to attend this event.
 
The new year's party continues the next day. Head on over to the Gallagher Centre for the 5th annual Malanka celebration featuring the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble! This evening will have drinks, dancing, and fabulous Ukrainian food, but will also showcase beautiful Troyanda performances. Edmonton’s EUPHORIA Band will be performing a fusion of Ukrainian pop, rock and traditional music to keep the festivities lively! This event is family-friendly and children are welcome to attend! Tickets for those 11 years old and up are $45 and tickets for children up to 10 years are just $15!
 
Yorkton is proud to celebrate the diversity of our community members and share these traditions and cultural events with our guests and visitors! And it’s especially easy to partake in exciting new activities when you’re conveniently located nearby. When you stay at Home Inn & Suites Yorkton, you're not far from the Painted Hand Casino and just around the corner from the Gallagher Centre. Aside from our central location, we are a comfortable home base for those visiting our city. Our stylishly furnished accommodations include value-added amenities such as premium-grade bed linen, 42-inch TV, free high-speed internet, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary breakfast served daily and much more. Make your reservations today!