Welcome to Ukraine!
I live in the beautiful country. I love Ukraine. There are spacious fields, deep rivers and lakes, beautiful Black Sea and Sea of Azov and extensive Carpathian Mountains. Do you know that Kyyivo-pechers’ka Lavra is one of the biggest Orthodox monasteries in the world, situated in Kyiv (the capital of Ukraine)? Do you know that Ukraine is geographic center of Europe? Do you know that World's First Constitution was adopted in Ukraine? I will tell you a lot of about Ukraine.
Ukraine is a country of kind, singing and hard-working people. Ukrainians not often smile in public. There are nearly 130 nationalities in Ukraine. You need to know that Russian and Ukrainian are so different languages. Ukrainian language took the second place on melodic criteria after Italian and it was ranked as the third most beautiful language in the world at a linguistic contest held in Paris in 1934.
Traditions in Ukraine are connected with the everyday, calendar and religious life. We were connected with the Day of solstice some time ago. Nowadays you can see the girls to sing and dance in a ring and put the wreaths made of the flowers into the water. A calendar rites are divides into four seasonal cycles: winter, spring, summer and autumn with each of them timed on the natural phenomena and to the correspondent types of agricultural activity.
Ukrainians have a lot of traditions such as celebrations of Ivana Kupala Day. It is celebrated on June, the 23rd. Boys and girls jump over the flames to get “purified”. If a couple jumps over the fire without letting go their hands, their love will last forever. Young girls, wearing flower wreaths, sing and dance at this day. Traditional ceremonies include gathering of medical herbs. These floras are used not only in folk medicine but also to ward off evil spirits. On Ivana Kupala night, bonfires are lit to keep witches and evil spirits from casting doom on the harvest.
Christmas is the most prominent family holiday of the whole year. Ukrainian Christmas customs are based on Christian traditions and pre-Christian, pagan culture and religion. When the first star appear the family gathers to begin supper. We cover the table with two tablecloths, one for the ancestors of the family, the second for the living members. There are extra place-settings for the deceased family members, whose souls. Ukrainians prepare 12 meatless courses because there is a period of fasting required by the Church until Christmas Day. We also celebrate New Year on December, the 31th.
Easter is important Ukrainian religious holiday. Easter is called «Velykden» (the Great Day) in Ukraine. The last Sunday before Easter (Palm Sunday) is called Willow Sunday (Verbna nedilia). On this day willow branches are blessed in the church. In the evening of "Pure" Thursday, the passion (strasti) service is performed. After it, people return home with lighted candles. This is really one of the most beautiful traditions in Ukraine. The symbols of Ukrainian Easter are Easter cake (‘Kulich’) and painted eggs (‘Krashanki’). On this Day Ukrainian kids play their favorite Easter game: knocking the eggs. If you knock somebody’s egg and you egg is not broken than you are the winner.
“Vyshyvanka“ is Ukrainian national costume. It’s a white shirt made of linen and decorated with floral or ornamental hand-sewn embroidery. They are worn by both men and women. Can you imagine that Dolche Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Nina Richi, Eli Saab also contributed to such popularity of vyshyvankas. Last year these embroidery motifs could be noticed at the fashion shows of. Ethno style is always trendy.
It is interesting to know that trembita is the longest musical instrument in the world. This is a very long pipe that the Hutsul ethnicity from the Carpathian Mountains plays. We have artist in sand animation. Sand animation is a style of performance art in which an artist instantly creates a series of images that change each other in an animation-like motion using sand as their material of choice. Kseniya Simonova is one of the few artists who perform in sand animation not only in Ukraine but around the globe.
Geographic center of Europe is in a small Western Ukrainian town Rahiv, surrounded by beautiful Carpathian Mountains. Hoverla at 2,061 metres (6,762 ft) is the highest mountain in Ukraine. It is part of the Carpathian Mountains.
The first establishment of higher learning - the first in the whole of Eastern Europe - Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine sprang up in the early 17th century.
Don’t be afraid to go to Ukraine! It is only 3% has been struck by war, 97% is peaceful. Our nature will inspire you!