Religious holidays and traditions

  • 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.

  • 12 July 2019, 08:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The feast of saints Peter and Paul is celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    St. Peter was called Simon before joining Christ. He was an average fisherman. Married with two children. It was Jesus who named him Peter. The Lord called Peter to apostolic service once the latter's faith and determination took shape.

  • 4 June 2019, 13:13 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Muslims celebrate Uraza Bayram today

    The Feast of the Breaking of Fast or Uraza Bayram is one of the most important events in the Islamic world, whose celebration begins after the sunset on the last day of the Ramadan and lasts for three days.

  • 4 June 2019, 13:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Zelensky greets Ukrainian Muslims on Uraza Bayram

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Muslims of the country on the holiday of Uraza-Bairam, which concludes Ramadan. It is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

  • 26 April 2019, 10:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Good Friday celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    The Great Friday is the most maigre day of the Lent. The image of the removal of the Body of the Lord from the cross is placed in front of the altar in all the Churches.

  • 21 April 2019, 08:52 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of the Eastern tradition celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 21 in Ukraine. 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.

  • 19 April 2019, 14:47 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jewish Passover starts at sunset on Friday 19 April

    On this evening, many Jewish families will gather together for a traditional ‘Seder’ meal to celebrate the beginning of Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew.

  • 19 April 2019, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On Good Friday catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    On Good 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. The time when Jesus Christ gave up His spirit to God the Father and His secret disciples, Josef of Arimathea and Nicodemus begged Pilate for the Lord’s Body and removed it from the cross is remembered in the Divine Service.

  • 17 April 2019, 10:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Poroshenko: Easter truce to be announced in Donbas starting April 18

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced plans to implement on April 18 the ceasefire regime in Donbas before Easter holidays.

  • 7 April 2019, 08:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristians of Еastern tradition celebrate Аnnunciation

    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.

  • 25 March 2019, 09:33 | Сalendar | 

    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.

  • 20 March 2019, 10:44 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews on March 20-21 celebrate Purim

    The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2019 begins on night, March 20 and continues through, March 21.

  • 10 March 2019, 13:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics begins March 11

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 11 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.