Christmas in Ukraine - a unique tradition!
Although Christmas is an international holiday in each country it has its own peculiarities, dictated by the unique culture and history. And Ukraine in this case is not an exception.
Centuries-old traditions and customs of the Ukrainian people have contributed to the celebration of Christmas in this country.
According to an ancient Ukrainian tradition of celebrating Christmas for the proper performance of the rituals it is very important to commit a serious and timely preparation.
Since the hay is taken from the fields, people carefully create Didukh, in which they insert the stems of various cereals such as oats, corn, wheat, and so on, and take soft fragrant hay. Before the holidays people complete almost all the important work of the household, restoring order at home and in the yard.
Mistresses usually clean up in the huts and bleach room, decorate fireplace with flowers, lay new or clean laundered linen and towels. Households always try to buy new clothes and utensils for all the family members Wax that is collected in own apiary, is used to produce candles that are then used in prayer.
The young one and the old one takes part in preparation for Christmas. Grandmothers, while stuffing the pillows, teach children how to sing Christmas carols. Girls and boys come together to commit a den and a Christmas star.
On the eve of January 6, the day, which is popularly called Vilia, at the dawn, the host and hostess painstakingly cook the god’s meal - kutya and var. For this meal the wood in the kiln is laid out in a special way, the pounding and soaked wheat is taken with the water that is gathered before sunrise, because it is believed that it is blessed by the sun god himself.
Every housewife traditionally keeps the number of dishes at the banquet table equal to twelve.
After supper, which normally lasts 3-4 hours, kutya and some other dishes are not taken from the table and are left with a glass of clean water and a towel for spirits.
At the Christmas Ukrainian people sing carols that are still as in pre-Christian times devoted to creation of the world, the sun god, yield and litter home animals. That evening the divination is committed, and gifts from parents are given to children with money and gifts that symbolize prosperity and wealth.
In the Christmas it is normally to go to church, and while returning one should greet people by saying: "Christ is born, glorify him!".
Ukrainian Christmas traditions are unique and their antiquity counts up to thousand years. Only in Ukraine you can enjoy this holiday as people did once upon a time, in the days of our distant ancestors, taste all the originality of Christmas traditions, where they are always praised and respected. Christmas that is spent in Ukraine can be an unforgettable experience that will stay with you anyplace, anytime.
Author Alexander Uvarov