Religious holidays and traditions

  • 19 December 2012, 10:04 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    President Yanukovych Greets Ukrainians on St. Nicholas Day

    President Viktor Yanukovych greeted Ukrainians on the occasion of St. Nicholas’ Day and wished them spiritual grace, the presidential press service reported.

  • 19 December 2012, 09:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Greek Catholics and Orthodox Celebrate St. Nicholas Day

    St. Nicholas is the guardian of soldiers, travelers, students, sailors and archers. In Ukraine, he is the patron saint of children. On the eve of December 19 children receive gifts from St. Nicholas.

  • 17 December 2012, 10:11 | Religious ceremonies and pilgrimage | 

    Bethlehem Peace Light Brought to Ukraine

    The Bethlehem Light of Peace crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border during the night of December 17. Ukrainian scouts have brought it to Ukraine for twelve years. They will distribute the fire to churches, schools, orphanages, hospitals and state institutions.

  • 13 December 2012, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians 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 2012, 08:46 | 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.

  • 3 December 2012, 12:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Churches Call Ukrainians Not to Distort Meaning of Religious Holidays

    At their meeting of 28 November, the heads of the Christian Churches of Ukraine passed an address regarding the celebration of religious holidays.

  • 28 November 2012, 08:45 | 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.

  • 8 November 2012, 09:02 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Christians Honour Holy Great Martyr Demetrios

    The Eastern Church honors the Holy Martyr Dymytrii on November 8 (according to the old style, October 26). He is one of the most venerated saints in Ukraine.

  • 14 October 2012, 10:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of Intercession Celebrated in Ukraine as Religious and National Holiday

    Of the feasts dedicated to the Mother of God, the Feast of the Protection or Intercession of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary deserves special attention.

  • 21 September 2012, 09:30 | 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.

  • 24 May 2012, 09:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ascension Day Celebrated Today According to Julian Calendar

    In the Eastern Church this feast was known as analepsis, the taking up, and also as the episozomene, the salvation.

  • 18 April 2012, 11:54 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    5,583 People Participate in Easter Dance in Drohobych

    On April 17, in the western Ukrainian city of Drohobych, the largest haiyvka (Easter folk dance) in Ukraine was organized by youth organizations.

  • 17 April 2012, 09:43 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    One Third of Ukrainians Attended Easter Services

    According to a report of the Department on Public Relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, nearly 14 million Ukrainian citizens came to have their Easter bread consecrated in approximately 16 thousand churches.

  • 15 April 2012, 11:23 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav Greets Ukrainians on Easter

    The Information Department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church published the Easter Address of Patriarch Sviatoslav.

  • 15 April 2012, 11:14 | 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.

  • 13 April 2012, 11:51 | 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.

  • 12 April 2012, 09:55 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians Observe Holy Thursday

    On Great Thursday, the believers remember the instituting at the Last Super of the sacrament of the Eucharist.

  • 8 April 2012, 10:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 8 in Ukraine.

  • 7 April 2012, 10:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Annunciation

    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.

  • 22 February 2012, 09:10 | RCC in Ukraine | 


    During his general audience this morning, the Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to the subject of Lent (which begins today, Ash Wednesday), the period of forty days leading up to the Easter Triduum, memorial of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.