Religious holidays and traditions

  • 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.

  • 24 December 2010, 08:44 | Church-state relations | 

    Police Officers Meet with Priests Before Christmas

    It is expected that about 7 million people will attend Christmas services on January 6-8. Public order will be kept by more than 25 thousand police officers.

  • 22 December 2010, 09:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and Greek Catholics Celebrate Feast of Conception of Mother of God by St. Anne

    The fasts tell about the most important moments of the life of the Mother of God beginning with her miraculous conception and ending with her assumption.

  • 20 December 2010, 12:23 | RCC in Ukraine | 

    Roman Catholics in Kyiv Start Christmas celebrations

    During the Christmas fair on Independence Square in Kyiv on December 25, a Christmas concert will be held. The organizers of the event are Roman Catholic parishes in Ukraine.

  • 16 December 2010, 12:50 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Folk and Kutia Festival in Ternopil

    According to the Ternopil Oblast State Administration, members and guests will have the opportunity to participate in the Christmas Lemko ceremonies, sing carols with folk collectives from Ternopil and its neighboring areas, see the ceremonies of Malanka, and ride in a horse-drawn sleigh.

  • 15 December 2010, 13:46 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Yanukovych Initiates Event Dedicated to St. Nicholas Day

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has issued an order to ensure the holding of a national event, With an Open Heart to Every Child, dedicated to St. Nicholas Day.

  • 13 December 2010, 11:57 | UGCC | 

    Relics of St. Andrew Brought to Lviv

  • 13 December 2010, 10:18 | 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."

  • 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.