Religious holidays and traditions

  • 21 September 2011, 08:32 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek Catholics of Ukraine Celebrate Nativity of Mother of God

    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.

  • 8 September 2011, 09:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    The Roman Catholics and Armenians celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary on September 8.

  • 30 August 2011, 09:41 | Islam | 

    Crimean Muslims Celebrate Oraza-Bairam

    Today is the first day of the two main feasts in Islam, Id-al-Fitr. In the Crimea, where Ukraine’s largest Muslim community live, it is called Oraza-Bairam. In the morning, celebratory collective prayers began in all the mosques of the peninsular.

  • 20 August 2011, 10:45 | Christians of Evangelical Faith | 

    Ukrainian Evangelical Christians celebrate 90th anniversary of the Pentecostal movement in the former Soviet Union

    A reproduction of the Old Testament Tabernacle (the tent-sanctuary where the Ark of the Covenant containing the Tablets of Stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed was preserved) will be exhibited in an open-air museum in Odesa. The Old Testament Tabernacle will be reproduced in Ukraine for the first time as part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Pentecostal movement in the former Soviet Union during the Awakening 90 International Jubilee Conference that will held from September 7 to 11 in Odesa.

  • 18 August 2011, 10:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    August 19 Eastern Christians celebrate Transfiguration Feast

    Eastern Christians celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Tranfiguration is ranked as one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical calendar.

  • 1 August 2011, 09:35 | Islam | 

    On August 1 Muslim Month of Ramadan Begins

    According to the association "Alraid" and the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine “Ummah,” Muslims look forward to the beginning of Ramadam on August 1.

  • 28 July 2011, 09:04 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Day of Baptism of Rus Celebrated in Ukraine

    The Day of Remembrance of Prince Volodymyr of Kyiv is celebrated on 28 July. He was a grandson of the Holy Princess Olha, whose day of remembrance is celebrated on 24 July.

  • 22 July 2011, 15:29 | Interchurch relations | 

    UGCC head calls on faithful to celebrate baptism of Rus’ and ‘to reconcile with brothers in faith’

    Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) in an address on the occasion of the St. Volodymyr’s Day and renewing baptismal vows called on the clergy, monks, and faithful of the church to take part in solemn services on July 28.

  • 20 June 2011, 08:56 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Apostles’ Fast begins on June 20

    A yearly fast before the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (July 12), called Petrivka, this year begins on June 20. It is not as strict as Lent, but according to the tradition of the Kyivan Church, meat and diary products are forbidden on weekdays.

  • 10 June 2011, 12:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Pentecost Shows Universality Of The Church, Pope Declares

    Pentecost shows the Holy Spirit created the Catholic Church for all people, Pope Benedict said in his homily to mark Pentecost Sunday, June 12.

  • 23 April 2011, 09:30 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians celebrate Easter

    This year's Easter - the Resurrection - in the Orthodox and the Latin tradition coincided in time and takes place in one day - April 24. This holiday is the most ancient and joyful holiday with all the great church year.

  • 18 April 2011, 12:19 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern and Latin Rite Start Holy Week

    On Monday, April 18, Christians of the Eastern and Latin traditions started the Holy Week remembering the last days of the earthly life, sufferings and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

  • 16 April 2011, 18:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainians celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, the Palm Sunday falls to 17 April. According to the Gospel, when Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, the people who witnessed it, believed that he was really the Son of God. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people honored him by spreading their cloths on his way and waving the palm branches. In Ukraine, it palm was symbolically replaced by willow.

  • 14 April 2011, 09:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Traditional Easter hayivkas in Kyiv

    On Sunday, April 24, on the feast of Christ’s Resurrection, at the Square of Sophia, traditional Christian hayivkas will be held (beginning at 4 p.m.).

  • 7 April 2011, 08:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians celebrate Annunciation according to Julian Calendar

    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.

  • 9 March 2011, 09:07 | RCC in Ukraine | 

    Roman Catholics in Ukraine celebrate Ash Wednesday

    The Western Church observes a 6-week lent as Saturdays are also considered fast days. In order to make it 40 days, the Western Church in the seventh century added four days in the beginning of the fast.

  • 7 March 2011, 09:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Lent begins in Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches

    This year, Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins in the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches on Monday, March 7, and in the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 9.

  • 28 February 2011, 09:28 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Pancake Week begins

    On the last day of winter, February 28, Ukrainians began their celebration of Pancake Week (Maslyana in Ukrainian). This feast, which is a celebration of the end of winter and meeting of spring, was one of the most popular ones in the Slavic culture

  • 15 February 2011, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    February 15 Presentation of Jesus at the Temple celebrated in Orthodox tradition

    In the Eastern Orthodox Church and some Eastern Catholic Churches, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is one of the twelve Great Feasts.

  • 17 January 2011, 22:27 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern Rite Christians celebrate Feast of Epiphany

    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.