Religious holidays and traditions

  • 28 July 2011, 09:04 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Day of Baptism of Rus Celebrated in Ukraine

    The Day of Remembrance of Prince Volodymyr of Kyiv is celebrated on 28 July. He was a grandson of the Holy Princess Olha, whose day of remembrance is celebrated on 24 July.

  • 22 July 2011, 15:29 | Interchurch relations | 

    UGCC head calls on faithful to celebrate baptism of Rus’ and ‘to reconcile with brothers in faith’

    Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) in an address on the occasion of the St. Volodymyr’s Day and renewing baptismal vows called on the clergy, monks, and faithful of the church to take part in solemn services on July 28.

  • 20 June 2011, 08:56 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Apostles’ Fast begins on June 20

    A yearly fast before the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (July 12), called Petrivka, this year begins on June 20. It is not as strict as Lent, but according to the tradition of the Kyivan Church, meat and diary products are forbidden on weekdays.

  • 10 June 2011, 12:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Pentecost Shows Universality Of The Church, Pope Declares

    Pentecost shows the Holy Spirit created the Catholic Church for all people, Pope Benedict said in his homily to mark Pentecost Sunday, June 12.

  • 23 April 2011, 09:30 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians celebrate Easter

    This year's Easter - the Resurrection - in the Orthodox and the Latin tradition coincided in time and takes place in one day - April 24. This holiday is the most ancient and joyful holiday with all the great church year.

  • 18 April 2011, 12:19 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern and Latin Rite Start Holy Week

    On Monday, April 18, Christians of the Eastern and Latin traditions started the Holy Week remembering the last days of the earthly life, sufferings and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

  • 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.