Religious holidays and traditions

  • 4 June 2019, 13:13 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Muslims celebrate Uraza Bayram today

    The Feast of the Breaking of Fast or Uraza Bayram is one of the most important events in the Islamic world, whose celebration begins after the sunset on the last day of the Ramadan and lasts for three days.

  • 4 June 2019, 13:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Zelensky greets Ukrainian Muslims on Uraza Bayram

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Muslims of the country on the holiday of Uraza-Bairam, which concludes Ramadan. It is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

  • 26 April 2019, 10:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Good Friday celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    The Great Friday is the most maigre day of the Lent. The image of the removal of the Body of the Lord from the cross is placed in front of the altar in all the Churches.

  • 21 April 2019, 08:52 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of the Eastern tradition celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 21 in Ukraine. According to the Gospel, when Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, the people who witnessed it believed that he was really the Son of God.

  • 19 April 2019, 14:47 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jewish Passover starts at sunset on Friday 19 April

    On this evening, many Jewish families will gather together for a traditional ‘Seder’ meal to celebrate the beginning of Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew.

  • 19 April 2019, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On Good Friday catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    On Good Friday, the Church remembers the unrighteous condemnation of Jesus Christ by the Jewish Sanhedrin Council. It is the most sorrowful day for Christians because Christ laid down his life for the sake of mankind exactly on Friday. The time when Jesus Christ gave up His spirit to God the Father and His secret disciples, Josef of Arimathea and Nicodemus begged Pilate for the Lord’s Body and removed it from the cross is remembered in the Divine Service.

  • 17 April 2019, 10:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Poroshenko: Easter truce to be announced in Donbas starting April 18

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced plans to implement on April 18 the ceasefire regime in Donbas before Easter holidays.

  • 7 April 2019, 08:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristians of Еastern tradition celebrate Аnnunciation

    On April 7, churches that follow the Julian Calendar mark one of the greatest feasts in the liturgical year, the Annunciation of the Mother of God. It is the third most important religious feast after Easter and Christmas.

  • 25 March 2019, 09:33 | Сalendar | 

    Christians celebrate Annunciation according to Gregorian calendar

    On March 25, churches that follow the Gregorian Calendar mark one of the greatest feasts in the liturgical year, the Annunciation of the Mother of God.

  • 20 March 2019, 10:44 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews on March 20-21 celebrate Purim

    The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2019 begins on night, March 20 and continues through, March 21.

  • 10 March 2019, 13:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics begins March 11

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 11 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.

  • 15 February 2019, 09:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Тoday the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in temple celebrated according to Julian calendar

    According to the law of Moses, every firstborn male was to be brought into the temple to be dedicated to God on the fortieth day after birth. At that time a sacrifice of thanksgiving was also to be brought. The Holy Mother of God followed this law, even though she knew that the Child was the Son of God. Thus, Joseph and Mary brought the Child Jesus into the temple on the fortieth day along with a humble sacrifice of two young pigeons.

  • 19 January 2019, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    19 January is a feast of Epiphany according to julian calendar

    The Feast of Epiphany, which is observed on January 19 according to the Julian Calendar (January 6 according to the Gregorian Calendar), completes the cycle of Christmas holidays. The feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River during which Christ declared Himself as the Messiah and Savior.

  • 13 January 2019, 12:20 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    January 13 is the Eve of bounteous gifts and Malanka feast

    A week after caroling, on the New Year’s Eve (Julian calendar) we celebrate theEve of Bounteous Gifts. According to the church calendar, this is a day of St. Melanie. In folk tradition, both holidays got united and now we have the Eve of Bounteous Gifts or Malanka holiday.

  • 6 January 2019, 22:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On January 7 Christians celebrate Christmas according to Julian calendar

    All Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, most Ukrainian Evangelical Christians and Jerusalem, Russian, Serbian, and Georgian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7. This day is an official public holiday in Ukraine.

  • 6 January 2019, 21:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas greetings from Fener

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy and President Petro Poroshenko greeted Ukrainians with Christmas.

  • 25 December 2018, 07:37 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristmas according to gregorian andnew julian calendars celebrated today

    According to Bible tradition, on Christmas day the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. The Son of God was born in a manger in Bethlehem. The angels announced to the shepherds the news of the birth of the Son of God. Then came three wise men from the east who knew about the birth of the Messiah from legends. They were led to the town by a star. According to the teaching of the church, the birth of Christ opened up the possibility of the salvation of the soul and eternal life for each Christian.

  • 24 December 2018, 12:30 | UGCC | 

    “Christmas is a family event when we feel that our Heavenly Father is joyful with us!” His Beatitude Sviatoslav

    Peace, love and light - these very important values can be the best gift from the Son of God during the Christmas and New Year holidays for each of us.

  • 22 December 2018, 08:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and greek catholics celebrate feast of the Conception of the Mother of God

    The old and deep cult of the Most Holy Mother of God, which is a significant landmark of the Eastern Church, is reflected in the large number of feasts dedicated to the Mother of God in the Church Calendar. The feasts tell about the most important moments of the life of the Mother of God beginning with her miraculous conception and ending with her assumption.

  • 4 December 2018, 08:50 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek Catholics celebrate Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Eastern Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 4 (November 21 according to the old style), one of the 12 greatest church feasts. The Gospel does not mention the event of the presentation in the Temple. This feast, as well as Christmas and Assumption of the Mother of God, is based on the Church tradition and apocrypha, primarily, the Proto-Gospel of James and pseudo Gospel of Matthew "About the birth of the Most Holy Virgin."