Religious holidays and traditions

  • 25 March 2019, 09:33 | Сalendar | 

    Christians celebrate Annunciation according to Gregorian calendar

    On March 25, churches that follow the Gregorian Calendar mark one of the greatest feasts in the liturgical year, the Annunciation of the Mother of God.

  • 20 March 2019, 10:44 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews on March 20-21 celebrate Purim

    The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2019 begins on night, March 20 and continues through, March 21.

  • 10 March 2019, 13:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics begins March 11

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 11 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.

  • 15 February 2019, 09:08 | 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 2019, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    19 January is a feast of Epiphany 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.

  • 13 January 2019, 12:20 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    January 13 is the Eve of bounteous gifts and Malanka feast

    A week after caroling, on the New Year’s Eve (Julian calendar) we celebrate theEve of Bounteous Gifts. According to the church calendar, this is a day of St. Melanie. In folk tradition, both holidays got united and now we have the Eve of Bounteous Gifts or Malanka holiday.

  • 6 January 2019, 22:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On 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.

  • 6 January 2019, 21:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas greetings from Fener

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy and President Petro Poroshenko greeted Ukrainians with Christmas.

  • 25 December 2018, 07:37 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristmas according to gregorian andnew julian calendars celebrated today

    According to Bible tradition, on Christmas day the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ. The Son of God was born in a manger in Bethlehem. The angels announced to the shepherds the news of the birth of the Son of God. Then came three wise men from the east who knew about the birth of the Messiah from legends. They were led to the town by a star. According to the teaching of the church, the birth of Christ opened up the possibility of the salvation of the soul and eternal life for each Christian.

  • 24 December 2018, 12:30 | UGCC | 

    “Christmas is a family event when we feel that our Heavenly Father is joyful with us!” His Beatitude Sviatoslav

    Peace, love and light - these very important values can be the best gift from the Son of God during the Christmas and New Year holidays for each of us.

  • 22 December 2018, 08:38 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Orthodox and greek catholics celebrate feast of the Conception of the Mother of God

    The old and deep cult of the Most Holy Mother of God, which is a significant landmark of the Eastern Church, is reflected in the large number of feasts dedicated to the Mother of God in the Church Calendar. The feasts tell about the most important moments of the life of the Mother of God beginning with her miraculous conception and ending with her assumption.

  • 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.