Religious holidays and traditions

  • 4 December 2018, 08:50 | 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."

  • 3 December 2018, 09:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Оn December 2, Jews to celebrate Hanukkah at sunset

    Jews celebrate the feast of fire, light, joy and fun Hanukkah on the 25th day of the month Kislev. This year's celebration starts on December 2 in the evening. Hanukkah is celebrated throughout 8 days. Hanukkah is not a shrine feast but a historical one, it is not referred to in the Holy Scripture, although it has been observed by Jews and has become a tradition.

  • 28 November 2018, 07:54 | 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.

  • 24 September 2018, 10:28 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The jews celebrate the feast of the tabernacle, Sukkot

    The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2016 begins at sundown on Sunday, October 16, and ends at nightfall October 23. 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.

  • 14 September 2018, 11:34 | 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.

  • 21 August 2018, 10:30 | 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.

  • 19 August 2018, 09:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Аugust 19th is Transfiguration feast according Julian calendar

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

  • 6 August 2018, 14:57 | 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.

  • 12 July 2018, 09:01 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    It was Jesus himself who picked both saints as His apostles. They lived at the same historical period. The Church holds them in high esteem because these apostles made special effort to spread the Gospel among the Gentiles.

  • 7 July 2018, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

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

    St. John the Baptist was a messenger of God to inform people about the coming of the Messiah and his living presence on earth.

  • 8 April 2018, 09:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Ukrainian Churches greet faithful on Easter

    On the eve of the Resurrection of Christ according to the Julian calendar, the Primates and hierarchs of the Ukrainian Churches turned to believers and clergy with messages dedicated to this lightsome feast.

  • 6 April 2018, 08:58 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Good Friday celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    During the Holy week, all the believers must fast strictly and should confess and partake of the Eucharist if they did not do it earlier during the Lent.

  • 3 April 2018, 11:01 | Religion and culture | 

    Oldest Easter eggs dating back to Kyivan Rus exhibited in Lviv

    On April 2, two ancient Easter eggs of the Kyivan period, approximately XI-XIII centuries, which are kept in the funds of the archaeological museum of the Ivan Franko Lviv University, were presented in Lviv.

  • 1 April 2018, 09:32 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Today is Easter according to gregorian and armenian calendar

    1 April of this year falls on Paschal Sunday according to Armenian and Gregorian calendar. “The three-day Holy Passion and Resurrection shine as the culmination of the liturgical year. It is through the Paschal mystery of the blessed Passion that Christ redeemed people and perfectly glorified God by destroying our death by his death and his resurrection turning our lives,” reads the Roman Missal.

  • 1 March 2018, 07:50 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews celebrate Purim

    A traditional Purim food is hamantaschen (or oznay Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling. Literally translated as “Haman’s ears,” this name led to the myth that the pastries celebrate the cutting off of the wicked man’s ears before he was hanged.

  • 27 February 2018, 09:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jews of Odessa prepare to celebrate Purim

    Purim is a Jewish feast, set in memory of the salvation of Persian Jews from being exterminated by Aman, a favorite of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes, in the 5th century BC).

  • 15 February 2018, 08:53 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Тoday the feast of the presentation of Jesus in temple celebrated according to Julian calendar

    According to the law of Moses, every firstborn male was to be brought into the temple to be dedicated to God on the fortieth day after birth. At that time a sacrifice of thanksgiving was also to be brought. The Holy Mother of God followed this law, even though she knew that the Child was the Son of God. Thus, Joseph and Mary brought the Child Jesus into the temple on the fortieth day along with a humble sacrifice of two young pigeons.

  • 19 January 2018, 11:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    19 january is a feast of Еpiphany according to julian calendar

    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. The feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River during which Christ declared Himself as the Messiah and Savior.

  • 18 January 2018, 09:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    TODAY IS EPIPHANY EVE ACCORDING TO JULIAN CALENDAR OR "HUNGRY KUTIA"

  • 4 January 2018, 10:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukraine-largest Nativity scene arranged in Ternopil Church