Religious holidays and traditions

  • 23 December 2016, 13:05 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | view video | 

    Heads of Christian Churches express greetings on the Christmas

    In his Christmas message Pope Francis referred to Ukraine:“Peace to men and women who are still suffering the effects of conflict in eastern Ukraine, to whichwe all desire to bring relief to the population and to fulfill the obligations undertaken.”

  • 20 December 2016, 15:47 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | 

    First interfaith “Religious borough” opened in Zaporizhzhia

    On St. Nicholas Day, December 19, the main Christmas tree was opened at Festivalna square and the second regional New Year and Christmas festival began. A special highlight was the establishment of a religious borough “Christmas crib” for the first time in recent history of the city.

  • 15 December 2016, 10:50 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Scouts brought the Bethlehem Light of Peace to Dnipro to pass it further to Ukrainian soldiers

  • 13 December 2016, 07:35 | 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."

  • 7 December 2016, 14:40 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas according to Gregorian calendar may become a national feast in Ukraine

    Ukrainian MPs drafted a law that proposes to celebrate Christmas in Ukraine as a national holiday both 25 December (Gregorian calendar) and 7 January (Julian calendar). They believe that their initiative will not only take into account the religious need of many Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians, but also will unite the Ukrainian society.

  • 30 November 2016, 16:56 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The residence of St. Nicholas to be opened in Kyiv

    The residence of St. Nicholas will be officially opened in the Great Lavra Bell Tower in Kyiv on December 1.

  • 21 November 2016, 08:59 | 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.

  • 18 October 2016, 12:42 | Judaism | 

    The Jews celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot

    For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched roof, from which the holiday gets its name.

  • 11 October 2016, 12:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    In the evening Jews begin to celebrate Yom Kippur - a Day of Atonement

    Yom Kippur, one of the most important holidays in Judaism, begins Tuesday, at sunset and will continue through nightfall Wednesday.

  • 21 September 2016, 08:24 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Nativity of Mother of God Celebrated

    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.

  • 14 September 2016, 13:00 | 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).

  • 12 September 2016, 07:34 | Islam | 

    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.

  • 19 August 2016, 07:32 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


    About a week after His sojourn in Cæsarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Holy Apostles Peter, James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their eyes.

  • 28 July 2016, 09:20 | 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.

  • 7 July 2016, 09:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern tradition celebrate Nativity of John the Baptist on July 7

    On July 7, New Style (June 24 Old Style) the Eastern Churches celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The memory of John the Baptist or John the Forerunner occupies a special place in the eastern liturgical tradition. Among the other feasts the one of St. John the Baptist is honored the most – six feasts are celebrated in his honor during the year.

  • 4 July 2016, 10:49 | Islam | 

    Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Adha) - the end of Muslim fasting falls on July 5 this year

    Eid al-Fitr (Turk. Eid al-Adha) is a great holiday ending the Muslim fasting, which falls on the first day following the month of Ramadan. This is one of two major holidays in Islam, which Muslims celebrate all over the world. This morning, the faithful gather for a common festive prayer in mosques.

  • 14 June 2016, 11:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jews celebrate Shavuot – the feast of Pentecost and fruits

    In Ukrainian the word Shavuot means "7 weeks". Seven weeks after the release of the Jews from Egypt, the Lord appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave the teaching of Torah.

  • 2 May 2016, 10:41 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Pope sends Easter greetings to faithful of the Eastern Churches

    Earlier, in a message through his @Pontifex Twitter account, the Pope said "I address a cordial greeting to the faithful of the Eastern Churches who are celebrating Holy Pascha today. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!"

  • 29 April 2016, 07:55 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainians consider Easter important but seldom observe fast – research

    Ukrainian called Easter the most important of the "May holidays". 67% of Ukrainian citizens that participated in the survey of Research-Branding-Group think so, Ukrainian Pravda.Life reports.

  • 27 April 2016, 11:10 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Ukrainian Churches greet their faithful with Easter

    On the eve of the Resurrection of Christ, Primates and bishops of the Ukrainian churches appealed to the faithful and the clergy with messages dedicated to this feast.