Religious holidays and traditions

  • 12 April 2012, 09:55 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians Observe Holy Thursday

    On Great Thursday, the believers remember the instituting at the Last Super of the sacrament of the Eucharist.

  • 8 April 2012, 10:07 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 8 in Ukraine.

  • 7 April 2012, 10:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of Eastern Tradition Celebrate Annunciation

    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.

  • 22 February 2012, 09:10 | RCC in Ukraine | 


    During his general audience this morning, the Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to the subject of Lent (which begins today, Ash Wednesday), the period of forty days leading up to the Easter Triduum, memorial of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • 15 February 2012, 09:00 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Feast of Presentation of Jesus At Temple Celebrated in Ukraine

    The Feast of Presentation of Jesus At the Temple is celebrated in Ukraine on 15 February.

  • 19 January 2012, 09:01 | 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.

  • 11 January 2012, 17:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    World's Largest Donut Mosaic Flavors Ukrainian Christmas

    It is hard to imagine Christmas holidays in Western Ukraine without the traditional pampukh. The city of Lviv turned the inevitable tradition into the Pampukh Festival, one of the biggest Christmas festivities the modern city has to offer.

  • 11 January 2012, 10:49 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    "Biggest Carol in Smallest Town" Record Set in Ukraine

    In the town of Vyzhnytsia of Chernivtsi Region, 615 carol singers set a record by singing the carol “New joy” together.

  • 9 January 2012, 13:05 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    First Martyr Stephen honored on January 9

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

  • 7 January 2012, 09:30 | 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.

  • 6 January 2012, 09:18 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainians Prepare for Christmas Eve on January 6

    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.

  • 6 January 2012, 09:17 | Religious holidays and traditions | view photo | 

    Heads of Christian Churches Address Ukrainians on Christmas

    On 28 December, RISU’s Ukrainian-language web page posted Christmas addresses of the heads of Christian Churches to Ukrainians.

  • 5 January 2012, 11:22 | Church-state relations | 

    Ternopil Council of Churches Handles Issues of Social Care and Security of Church Buildings

    The participants of the session of the Council of Churches of Ternopil Region of 4 January discussed questions of the social care for the needy at the time of Christmas and the need to duly preserve the sacral heritage.

  • 27 December 2011, 12:40 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Bishops of Three Denominations in Odesa Address Residents on Christmas

    Bishops of three Christian denominations of Odesa, Bishop Bronislav Bernatskyi of Odesa and Simferopol of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Vasyl (Ivasiuk) of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Bishop Uland Schpalinger of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine jointly addressed the residents of Odesa and all people of good will on occasion of Christmas.

  • 25 December 2011, 15:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav Greets Roman Catholics of Ukraine on Christmas

    On December 24, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, participated in the Christmas Mass of the Roman Catholics of Ukraine in the Church of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Lviv.

  • 23 December 2011, 14:10 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Winter Fun on Orthodox Christmas Day

    Those longing for an ethnic escape should consider attending the fourth annual winter festival “Christmas Country of Dreams” at Mamaeva Slovoda.

  • 21 December 2011, 11:23 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    President Yanukovych Greets Jews on Hanukkah

    President Viktor Yanukovych greeted Jews of Ukraine on occasion of the feast of Hanukkah which began yesterday, in the evening.

  • 20 December 2011, 13:54 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Celebration of Hanukkah Begins

    Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

  • 20 December 2011, 12:00 | Religious ceremonies and pilgrimage | 

    Bethlehem Light of Peace Comes to Lviv

    On December 20, Lviv Plast members are to receive from their Polish colleagues the Bethlehem Light of Peace.

  • 19 December 2011, 11:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Christmas Tree in Vatican Unveiled Jointly by Ukrainian Roman Catholics, Greek Catholics and Ukrainian Orthodox of Moscow Patriarchate

    On December 16, the lights were turned on on the Christmas tree which was earlier transported from Ukraine to the Vatican.