Religious holidays and traditions

  • 25 March 2020, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    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.

  • 19 January 2020, 09:00 | 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 2020, 09:47 | 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.

  • 7 January 2020, 09:04 | 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.

  • 3 January 2020, 10:49 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | view video | 

    Primates of Churches congratulate Ukrainians on Christmas

  • 26 December 2019, 12:46 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Church archpastors congratulate christians on Nativity

    In the Christmas Message "Urbi et Orbi", Pope Francis draws attention to the children who are now suffering from wars and conflicts around the world. He wished that little Infant of Bethlehem became the light and hope of the American continent, the light of the Holy Land, consolation for the Syrian people for Iraq, imbued with social tensions and Yemen experienced a serious humanitarian crisis.

  • 25 December 2019, 08:27 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas 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.

  • 24 December 2019, 19:51 | Editorial news | 

    Merry Christmas!

    RISU Editorial Board send their best wishes to all those celebrating the Nativity of Christ per the Gregorian and Revised Julian calendars! We wish you a peaceful and joyous celebration!

  • 24 December 2019, 13:20 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Celebrating Christmas on December 25 is supported by 25% of Ukrainians

  • 24 December 2019, 10:53 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Head of the UGCC congratulated those who celebrate Christmas on December 25

    The Head of the UGCC congratulated those who celebrate Christmas on December 25

  • 24 December 2019, 10:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas according to Gregorian and New 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 2019, 11:36 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jews to celebrate Нanukkah

    Jews celebrate the feast of fire, light, joy and fun Hanukkah on the 25th day of the month Kislev. This year's celebration starts on December 22 in the evening. Hanukkah is celebrated throughout 8 days. Hanukkah is not a shrine feast but a historical one, it is not referred to in the Holy Scripture, although it has been observed by Jews and has become a tradition.

  • 22 December 2019, 08:44 | 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.

  • 13 December 2019, 09:57 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainians celebrate Day of St Andrew the first-called apostle

    On December 13 Christians living according to the Julian Calendar honor the memory of St. Andrew the First-called Apostle. Ukrainians honor Apostle Andrew in a special way as he is considered to be the one who brought Christianity to the "Hills of Kyiv."

  • 4 December 2019, 08:24 | 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."

  • 28 November 2019, 08:35 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas fast begins in Ukraine

    Great Christian feasts always are accompanied with pre-feast . In the end of the year, there is a long fast, Pylypivka before Christmas. In the Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, it begins on 28 November (according to the new style) and lasts until 6 January.

  • 15 October 2019, 16:16 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The jews celebrate the Feast of the tabernacle, Sukkot

    The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2019 began at sundown on Sunday, October 13, and ends at nightfall October 20. Starting on the 15th day of Tishri, Sukkot is usually translated as Feast of Tabernacles, although the word itself is from sukkah, the name of the shacks farmers would live in during harvest.

  • 11 August 2019, 08:53 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

    Muslims of different nationalities have gathered in the Ar-Rahma mosque in Lukyanovka district and started celebrating the Eid al-Adha.

  • 6 August 2019, 10:22 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Transfiguration is celebrated today according to Gregorian calendar, orthodox and greek-catholics remember Sts Borys and Hlib

    The feast of Transfiguration is celebrated on August 6 by Christians who observe Gregorian calendar. This celebration dates back to IV century.

  • 28 July 2019, 08:43 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Remembrance of St. Volodymyr the Great and the Day of Baptism of Rus celebrated in Kyiv

    The Day of Remembrance of the Holy and Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr of Kyiv is marked on 28 July. He was the grandson of the Holy Princess Olha, who is remembered on 24 July.