January 18, 2018

    In the Ukrainian Holiday Calendar, January 18 marks the so-called 2nd Holy Supper, which precedes the holiday of Jordan, or Epiphany.  

    This day is the 3rd and last time throughout the year, when Ukrainians serve Kutia (the 1st being on Christmas Eve,...

June 22, 2017

    Kupalo festival (also Kupailo, Ivan Kupalo) is a Slavic celebration of ancient pagan origin marking the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the harvest (midsummer).

    In Christian times, the church tried to suppress the tradition, substituting it...

April 28, 2016

    Ukrainian villages around Easter time often look the following way: young girls, wearing traditional folk costumes and flower wreaths, getting together to do traditional roundelays and decorate the church… In the meantime, men build a ‘tower’ and tease the girls… Y...

April 27, 2016

    Vesnianka. Kalyna State Academic Folk Ensemble
Artistic Director Valery Debelyy


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October 30, 2015

  Think jack-o'-lanterns are frightening? Try being a man in Ukraine. Then you'll truly understand what it's like to fear a pumpkin. For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant one thing: No, I won't marry you.


    An old tradition held that a wo...

May 29, 2015

  The Holy Trinity (aka the Green Holidays) is one of the biggest religious holidays celebrated throughout the Christian world. In Ukraine this holiday has been revered since the ancient times and people carefully nurtured the rich traditions associated with its celebr...

April 3, 2015

    "Be tall as the willow, healthy as the water, and rich as the earth." 
With this expression, Ukrainians have been known to tap one another with willow branches on the last Sunday before Easter — Palm Sunday — wishing for each other the energy and new life...

July 25, 2014

    Motanky dolls, also known as knot dolls, in Ukrainian culture are known as an ancient amulet.


    From the olden times this national Ukrainian doll has played the part of a guardian in each family. The doll symbolizes women’s wisdom, the Mother figure, and the...

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