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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...

December 21, 2015

    New Year. Christmas. These are very special times for each and every one of us. In Ukraine, the festivities usually began on January 6 with Christmas Eve and ended on January 19 with Epiphany, with New Year in the middle – January 14 (people in Ukraine now celebrat...

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...

May 8, 2015

    The traditional clothing of Ukraine is a centuries old unique and distinctive emblem of theUkrainian culture. The traditional Ukrainian costume (costumes really!) has developed after a tremendous variation due to its association with the early Slavonic domination,...

April 24, 2015

    Korali are the most traditional Ukrainian necklace. Korali consist of imported coral beads, strung on a thread. The number of strands varies from 1 to 25, each named "razka" (roughly translated as ‘just one’). You could tell the more well-off girls, as they ha...

April 17, 2015

    In the ancient times the main ornamental motifs reflected elements of various ancient cults' symbolism. During the long history of embroidery the direct, immediate meaning of symbolic images was gradually lost. However, while ornamental forms have reached our times...

April 17, 2015

    The second favorite holiday after Easter celebrated and loved in Ukraine, especially by the young, is the so-called ‘Wet Monday’. On this day boys roam the streets with bottles or even buckets of water in search of a "victim". Nearby fountains, lakes, rivers and ot...

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...

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