Religious holidays and traditions

  • 7 December 2010, 15:09 | Islam | 

    Today Ukrainian Muslims Celebrate the Islamic New Year

    Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram. It marks the Hijra (or Hegira) in 622 CE when the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina, and set up the first Islamic state.

  • 7 December 2010, 09:05 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian TV to Broadcast Christmas Service from Vatican

    On the occasion of Christmas, the First National Channel of Ukraine and the Channel 5 in cooperation with the Catholic Media Center will broadcast live the following services led by Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican.

  • 3 December 2010, 10:14 | 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).

  • 1 December 2010, 13:06 | Judaism | 

    Celebration of Hanukkah Begins

    Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

  • 29 November 2010, 09:02 | 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. In the Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, it begins on 28 November (according to the new style) and lasts until 6 January.

  • 20 November 2010, 18:29 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek Catholics of Ukraine Celebrate the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

    St. Michael is the patron saint of Kyiv. Archangel Michael had been a patron of the Ukrainian capital since ancient times: in the archives there are international agreements signed by Prince Volodymyr the Great and Yaroslav the Wise, and stitched-rings seals depicting winged warrior.

  • 16 November 2010, 11:15 | Islam | 

    Muslims of Ukraine Celebrate Kurban-Bayram

    RISU was informed by representatives of the Board of Muslims of Ukraine that at 8 a.m. on the day of Kurban-Bairam, Muslims will gather at Al-Rakhma Mosque for a celebratory sermon, Namaz, and a celebratory dinner. The holiday will last for 4 days during which celebratory events will be conducted all over Ukraine.

  • 8 November 2010, 09:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern Church Honors Martyr Demetrius

  • 14 October 2010, 16:31 | Church-state relations | 

    Officials of Cherkasy Regional State Administration Forced to Attend Church of UOC-Moscow Patriarchate

    All the employees of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration were forced to go to St. Michael’s Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) on October 14.

  • 14 October 2010, 11:24 | 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. In Ukraine, it is celebrated on October 14.

  • 30 September 2010, 10:46 | Religion and society | 

    Ukrainians Celebrate the Feast of Faith, Hope, Love, and their Mother Sophia

    On the last day of the first month of autumn, the 30th of September, the Christians who follow the Julian Calendar, celebrate the feast of Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia. In Ukraine, this day is a double holy day: since 2009, the Day of Adoption has been marked at the state level.

  • 25 September 2010, 10:15 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of Exaltation of the Cross Celebrated in Ukraine

    Christians of the Byzantine Rite, on 27 September, celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross or the Holy Cross Day. The holy day is one of the 12 great feasts of the Eastern Church. The Feast of the Exaltation has a one-day Forefeast and an eight-day Afterfeast.

  • 14 September 2010, 11:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Churches of Eastern Rite Celebrate Beginning of New Liturgical Year

    The Eastern churches celebrate the beginning of the church year (indiction) in September: on 1 September according to the Gregorian Calendar and on 14 September according to the Julian Calendar. The full religious year lasts from 14 (1) September to 13 September (31 August)

  • 11 September 2010, 10:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek-Catholics Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptist

    On 11 September, the Orthodox and Greek Catholics who follow the Julian Calendar commemorate the beheading of John the Baptist. The faithful keep a strict fast on that day.

  • 8 September 2010, 00:32 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary according to Julian calendar

  • 2 September 2010, 15:46 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Krishnas Around the World Celebrate the Birth of Lord Krishna

    Krishna's birthday was also known as Krishna Janmashtami and falls between mid-August to mid-September.

  • 27 August 2010, 15:01 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    August 28 Orthodox and Greek Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Virgin Mary

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

  • 23 August 2010, 13:56 | Judaism | 

    20,000 Hassidic Jews to Come as Pilgrims to Uman

    Rosh Hashana kibbutz – traditional prayer assemblage of Breslover Hasidim held on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) will gather more than 20,000 Hasidic Jews in Uman and thousands of Jews will make a pilgrimage to the tomb of Rebbe Nachman - the founder of the Breslov Hasidic dynasty.

  • 18 August 2010, 14:14 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek-Catholics celebrate Transfiguration Feast

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

  • 11 August 2010, 10:49 | Islam | 

    Muslims of Ukraine Started Month of Ramadan

    August 11 is the first day of Ramadan – the sacred month of fasting for the whole Islamic world.