Religious holidays and traditions

  • 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.

  • 13 January 2011, 19:28 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of Circumcision of Our Lord celebrated

    The churches that follow the Julian Calendar mark the feasts of Circumcision of the Lord and the Holy Name of Jesus on January 14. On the same day, they commemorate one of the church fathers, St. Basil the Great.

  • 11 January 2011, 08:54 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    About 1,000 children from eastern Ukraine spent Christmas in Lviv

    Within the framework of the “East and West Together” campaign about 1,000 schoolchildren and teachers from Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Mykolayiv, Poltava, Kherson, Kharkiv, Crimea, and Kyiv oblasts came to Lviv to celebrate Christmas.

  • 9 January 2011, 10:40 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    First Martyr Stephen honored on January 9

    According to the Julian Calendar, on the third day after Christmas, 9 January, the memory of the first martyr Stephen is honored. The Eastern Church glorifies St. Stephen in its services and grants him a triple title, that of apostle, first martyr and archdeacon.

  • 7 January 2011, 21:45 | Church-state relations | 

    Yanukovych fails to greet Greek Catholics on Christmas

    President Viktor Yanukovych sent his Christmas greetings only to Orthodox believers. In his congratulation disseminated by his press service, Yanukovych says, “I am happy that these moments we, together with the rest of the Orthodox world, are glorifying God’s child and looking with hope and love toward the prospects of the new year."

  • 6 January 2011, 15:37 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Assembly of Mother of God

    On the second day of Christmas, January 8, Christians celebrate the Assembly of the Holy Mother of God when they glorify the dignity of God-bearing. There is no accurate information as to when the feast was included in the general practice of the Church.

  • 5 January 2011, 11:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    January 7 Christians celebrate Christmas according to Julian calendar

    All Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, most Ukrainian Evangelical Christians and Jerusalem, Russian, Serbian, and Georgian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7. This day is an official public holiday in Ukraine.

  • 5 January 2011, 10:30 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainians Prepare for Christmas Eve on January 6

    Christmas is preceded by a four-week fast, the time of spiritual purification. The culmination of the celebratory preparation is the Christmas Eve, the day of vigil, prayer and fasting.

  • 5 January 2011, 09:01 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Christian Churches Greet Ukrainians on Christmas

    Heads of Christian Churches Greet Ukrainians on Christmas

  • 4 January 2011, 12:37 | Church-state relations | 

    Viktor Yanukovych to Visit Ternopil Region on Christmas

    On January 7 Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will visit the Ternopil Oblast, the head of the regional state administration, Valentyn Khoptian, said today at the session of the regional council today, reports UNIAN.

  • 31 December 2010, 09:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainain Greek Catholic Church Initiates Christmas Without Alcohol

    Those who wish to join in this initiative will refrain from consuming alcohol from January 6 to 19, 2011.

  • 29 December 2010, 11:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Bethlehem Light of Peace Arrives in Kyiv

    On December 25, 2010, Plast scouts in Kyiv received the Bethlehem Fire. Each year scouts around the world spread the Bethlehem light through a relay, which traditionally begins in Vienna. Polish Scouts passed the light to Ukrainian Plast members on December 17, at the Ukrainian-Polish border.

  • 25 December 2010, 10:25 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas According to Gregorian Calendar Celebrated on December 25

    Christmas is celebrated on December 25 by the Roman Catholic Church, most Protestant Churches, and some Orthodox ones including the Church of Constantinople (except Athos), Antioch, Alexandria, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece.