Religious holidays and traditions

  • 21 September 2013, 09:53 | 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.

  • 28 August 2013, 09:12 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Dormition of the Theotokos according to Julian calendar

    The Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the Mother of God) on August 28, preceded by a 14-day fast period.

  • 19 August 2013, 09:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    August 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.

  • 22 June 2013, 12:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    The Eastern Church Celebrates Pentecost on June 23

    The main significance of Pentecost for the Eastern Church is the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection.

  • 13 June 2013, 09:05 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern-Rite Christians Celebrate Feast of the Ascension on June 13

    The Feast of the Ascension is one of the twelve major feasts of the church year and is directly connected with the holiday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter.

  • 5 May 2013, 07:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Easter

    This year, Easter, the Resurrection in the Orthodox tradition is celebrated on 15 April. This holiday is the most ancient and joyful holiday of all the great feasts of the church year.

  • 4 May 2013, 11:25 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Heads of Christian Churches Address Believers on Easter

    The primates and bishops of Ukrainian Churches issued Easter addresses.

  • 3 May 2013, 09:39 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians Observe Great Friday

    On Great Friday, the Church remembers the unrighteous condemnation of Jesus Christ by the Jewish Sanhedrin Council. It is the most sorrowful day for Christians because Christ laid down his life for the sake of mankind exactly on Friday.

  • 1 May 2013, 11:45 | Religion and policy | view video | 

    Central TV Channels Refuse to Broadcast Easter Greetings of Opposition Leaders

    The central TV channels have refused to broadcast the Easter greeting address of the leader of the Svoboda [Freedom] Party, Oleh Tiahnybok.

  • 30 March 2013, 09:29 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians around the world celebrate Easter

    Today Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of Christ. In Ukraine Roman Catholics, Armenians, and some Protestants are celebrating. Orthodox Christians, who follow the old, Julian calendar, will mark it in May.

  • 18 March 2013, 08:15 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics Begins March 18

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 18 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.

  • 11 February 2013, 12:42 | UOC KP | 

    Kyivan Patriarchate Publishes Plan of Events to Celebrate 1025th Anniversary of Rus Baptism

    The Synodal Committee on the preparation of the events to mark the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus published recommendations regarding the upcoming celebratory events to be held at the church and eparchial levels.

  • 28 January 2013, 08:58 | National religious question | 

    President Stresses Importance of Church-State Cooperation in Organizing Events to Celebrate Anniversary of Baptism of Rus

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hopes for close cooperation of all the Christian churches, state institutions and government bodies in organizing celebratory events to mark the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus.

  • 22 January 2013, 12:00 | National religious question | 

    1025th Anniversary of Baptism of Rus to Be Celebrated at State Level

    President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to intensify the activities of the central and local executive authorities on the preparation and celebration in Ukraine of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus.

  • 19 January 2013, 09:51 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    President Greets Christians on Epiphany

    Ukrainian President Yanukovych extends Epiphany greetings, wishing that the consecrated water purify everyone’s thoughts and give health to all.

  • 19 January 2013, 09:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Eastern Rite Christians Celebrate Epiphany on 19 January

    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.

  • 9 January 2013, 09:52 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jubilee Children's Christmas Celebration Event Held at National Opera House

    On 7 January, at the National Opera House of Ukraine in Kyiv, a children’s charitable festival “Nativity Play-2013” was held.

  • 9 January 2013, 09:04 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


    According to the Julian Calendar, on the third day after Christmas, January 9, the memory of the first martyr Stephen is honored.

  • 7 January 2013, 11:42 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


    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 2013, 08:36 | Religious holidays and traditions | 


    Christmas is preceded by a four-week fast, the time of spiritual purification. The culmination of the celebratory preparation is Christmas Eve, the day of vigil, prayer and fasting.