Religious holidays and traditions

  • 18 January 2014, 23:04 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern Rite Christians Celebrate Epiphany on 19 January

    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.

  • 30 December 2013, 11:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | view video | 

    Heads of Christian Churches Extend Christmas Greetings to Ukrainians

    “‘Christ is born: Glorify Him! Christ from Heaven: Receive Him!’ today the Holy Church triumphantly calls on us to open our hearts to Christ, so that God will enter our lives and fill it with content, peace, and joy...

  • 25 December 2013, 09:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    According to Gregorgian Calendar Dec. 24 is Christmas Eve, Dec. 25 Christmas

    A service is held on the night of December 24 in the Roman Catholic churches in Ukraine. The main ceremony, led by Pope Francis, is held St. Peter’s Basilica and is broadcast around the world.

  • 5 December 2013, 21:08 | Sacral art | 

    St. Nicholas comes to protesters

  • 28 November 2013, 09:17 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas fast begins in Ukraine

    Great Christian feasts always are accompanied with pre-feast fast. In the end of the year, there is a long fast, Pylypivka before Christmas.

  • 15 October 2013, 09:10 | Islam | 

    On October 15 Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Adha

    It is a feast of sacrifice, which begins in the morning of the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah of the Muslim lunar calendar and lasts four days. Eid al Adha is the culmination of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca): pilgrims perform ritual sacrifices in the valley of Mina in commemoration of the sacrifice of Ibrahim (Abraham).

  • 14 October 2013, 09:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of Intercession Celebrated in Ukraine as Religious and National Holiday

    n Ukraine, it is celebrated on October 14 as a religious, national, and family holiday. Its popular name is also the “Third Most Pure One.” It was established as an expression of gratitude for the protection of Constantinople by the Mother of God.

  • 27 September 2013, 08:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On September 27 Christians of the Byzantine Rite celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

    The feast is originated from the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord built by St. Constantine the Great on the Mount of Golgotha in Jerusalem. The church was consecrated at the time of Bishop Makarius of Jerusalem on 13 September, 335. On 14 September the True Cross was ceremonially exalted.

  • 21 September 2013, 09:53 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Nativity of Mother of God Celebrated

    On September 21, Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Ukraine celebrate the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God. This festival belongs in the Eastern tradition to the twelve major feasts.

  • 28 August 2013, 09:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Dormition of the Theotokos according to Julian calendar

    The Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the Mother of God) on August 28, preceded by a 14-day fast period.

  • 19 August 2013, 09:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    August 19th is Transfiguration Feast according Julian calendar

    August 19th Christians celebrate Transfiguration Feast according Julian calendar. The Tranfiguration is ranked as one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar.

  • 22 June 2013, 12:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Eastern Church Celebrates Pentecost on June 23

    The main significance of Pentecost for the Eastern Church is the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection.

  • 13 June 2013, 09:05 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern-Rite Christians Celebrate Feast of the Ascension on June 13

    The Feast of the Ascension is one of the twelve major feasts of the church year and is directly connected with the holiday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter.

  • 5 May 2013, 07:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Easter

    This year, Easter, the Resurrection in the Orthodox tradition is celebrated on 15 April. This holiday is the most ancient and joyful holiday of all the great feasts of the church year.

  • 4 May 2013, 11:25 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Christian Churches Address Believers on Easter

    The primates and bishops of Ukrainian Churches issued Easter addresses.

  • 3 May 2013, 09:39 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians Observe Great Friday

    On Great 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.

  • 1 May 2013, 11:45 | Religion and policy | view video | 

    Central TV Channels Refuse to Broadcast Easter Greetings of Opposition Leaders

    The central TV channels have refused to broadcast the Easter greeting address of the leader of the Svoboda [Freedom] Party, Oleh Tiahnybok.

  • 30 March 2013, 09:29 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians around the world celebrate Easter

    Today Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of Christ. In Ukraine Roman Catholics, Armenians, and some Protestants are celebrating. Orthodox Christians, who follow the old, Julian calendar, will mark it in May.

  • 18 March 2013, 08:15 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics Begins March 18

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 18 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.

  • 11 February 2013, 12:42 | UOC KP | 

    Kyivan Patriarchate Publishes Plan of Events to Celebrate 1025th Anniversary of Rus Baptism

    The Synodal Committee on the preparation of the events to mark the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus published recommendations regarding the upcoming celebratory events to be held at the church and eparchial levels.