Religious holidays and traditions

  • 16 April 2014, 10:30 | Church-state relations | 

    Police Ask Residents of Donbas to Refrain from Visiting Places of Worship on Easter

    In the Donetsk region police are asking people not to visit on Easter Day Svyatohirya, where the Svyatohirsk Holy Dormition Monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate of the Eparchy of Donetsk is located.

  • 13 April 2014, 10:44 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    This Year Jews Celebrate Passover April 14-22

    The celebration of Passover – Pesach – begins this year on April 13 at sunset. It is a holiday of spring (Chag Ha-Aviv) and freedom associated with the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.

  • 1 April 2014, 12:25 | Editorial news | view photo | 

    "Our Crimea" – A Local History Competition from RISU

    The Religious Information Service of Ukraine and the Religious Tourism portal invite all to take part in a competition of religious and local history materials called “Our Crimea.”

  • 25 March 2014, 11:20 | 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.

  • 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.