Religious holidays and traditions

  • 12 July 2018, 09:01 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    It was Jesus himself who picked both saints as His apostles. They lived at the same historical period. The Church holds them in high esteem because these apostles made special effort to spread the Gospel among the Gentiles.

  • 7 July 2018, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristians of Eastern tradition celebrate Nativity of John the Baptist on July 7

    St. John the Baptist was a messenger of God to inform people about the coming of the Messiah and his living presence on earth.

  • 8 April 2018, 09:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Ukrainian Churches greet faithful on Easter

    On the eve of the Resurrection of Christ according to the Julian calendar, the Primates and hierarchs of the Ukrainian Churches turned to believers and clergy with messages dedicated to this lightsome feast.

  • 6 April 2018, 08:58 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Good Friday celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    During the Holy week, all the believers must fast strictly and should confess and partake of the Eucharist if they did not do it earlier during the Lent.

  • 3 April 2018, 11:01 | Religion and culture | 

    Oldest Easter eggs dating back to Kyivan Rus exhibited in Lviv

    On April 2, two ancient Easter eggs of the Kyivan period, approximately XI-XIII centuries, which are kept in the funds of the archaeological museum of the Ivan Franko Lviv University, were presented in Lviv.

  • 1 April 2018, 09:32 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Today is Easter according to gregorian and armenian calendar

    1 April of this year falls on Paschal Sunday according to Armenian and Gregorian calendar. “The three-day Holy Passion and Resurrection shine as the culmination of the liturgical year. It is through the Paschal mystery of the blessed Passion that Christ redeemed people and perfectly glorified God by destroying our death by his death and his resurrection turning our lives,” reads the Roman Missal.

  • 1 March 2018, 07:50 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews celebrate Purim

    A traditional Purim food is hamantaschen (or oznay Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling. Literally translated as “Haman’s ears,” this name led to the myth that the pastries celebrate the cutting off of the wicked man’s ears before he was hanged.

  • 27 February 2018, 09:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jews of Odessa prepare to celebrate Purim

    Purim is a Jewish feast, set in memory of the salvation of Persian Jews from being exterminated by Aman, a favorite of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes, in the 5th century BC).

  • 15 February 2018, 08:53 | 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 2018, 11:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    19 january is a feast of Еpiphany 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.

  • 18 January 2018, 09:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


  • 4 January 2018, 10:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukraine-largest Nativity scene arranged in Ternopil Church

  • 3 January 2018, 10:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | view video | 

    Heads of Christian Churches greet Ukrainians on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ

  • 26 December 2017, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ethnologist: in two or three years Ukrainians to celebrate Christmas on December 25

    For the first time this year, December 25, the new-style Christmas is a day off. On this day the feast is celebrated in Ukraine, in particular, by some 11,000 religious Catholic and Protestant communities that observe the Gregorian calendar - on December 25. According to the authors of the law, they make up almost a third of all religious organizations in Ukraine.

  • 25 December 2017, 09:03 | Church-state relations | 

    President congratulates Ukrainians on Christmas according to Gregorian calendar

  • 25 December 2017, 08:38 | 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.

  • 22 December 2017, 10:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian TV-channels will broadcast Christmas Masses from the Vatican and Kyiv

    Ukrainian TV channels UA: Pershyy (public television), 5th channel and EWTN, in co-operation with the Catholic Media Center, will broadcast Live Christmas services with the Pope Francis. And services to be held in the Ukrainian capital.

  • 22 December 2017, 08:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


    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.

  • 16 November 2017, 11:23 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukraine declares Christmas day according to Gregorian calendar its national day off

    The explanatory note to the new Ukrainian law says that about a third of all Christian communities of Ukraine consider December 25 a holiday.

  • 13 November 2017, 14:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    MPs to vote the Christmas according to Gregorian calendar official day off

    On Thursday, MPs of Ukraine will vote for a law on the possibility of official celebration of Christmas in two calendars - Julian and Gregorian. MP Viktor Ukolov reported this on his Facebook page.