This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Christmas In Ukraine Essay

1052 words - 5 pages

It is difficult to imagine Ukrainian culture without such a paramount celebration as Christmas. For my research, I have interviewed Nadia, native-born Ukrainian, who told me the significance of this celebration in her family, their traditions and her own childhood memories and nostalgia. In Ukraine, Christmas is celebrated in a very special way, preparing to it carefully and keeping old traditions. Ukrainians have developed different rites and ceremonies, fasts and diets, Carrols and divinations to celebrate Christmas. To assist my investigation I have found the history and the ways Ukrainians celebrated Christmas, foods and entertainments they had, cultural features and traditions, showing ...view middle of the document...

We do go to Church to pray for our “happy tomorrow’, but we have never fasted, as I remember”.

Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve, sixth of January. The Christmas Eve Supper or “Svyata Vecheria” (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity. Nadia told me that they always had 12 dishes on their Christmas table, representing the 12 apostles of Christ, and only with the appearance of the fist star, which is believed, to be the Star of Bethlehem, their family gathered to begin supper. Nadia’s family always had an extra place setting on their table for the deceased family members, whose souls, as believed, come on Christmas and partake the food.

The first course is always kutia, a preparation of cooked wheat dressed with honey, ground poppy seeds and chopped nuts. It is the main dish of the whole supper. Nadia remembers how her father used to throw kutia to the seal, counting how many grains will cleave, which meant how good will be their harvest this year. This ritual dish, of a very ancient origin, has survived hundreds of generations without losing its importance in the Christmas festivity today. Nadia said that they followed kutia with an appetizer of pickled herrings and mushrooms; than they had traditional Ukrainian borsh (soup), after which comes preparation of fish and several of other traditional dishes: vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings) filled with potatoes, cabbage or cottage cheese; ending with a dessert of stewed dried fruit and fruit vareniki, filled with sour cherries. Also they had the Christmas pastries and nuts. Another traditional dish that always was on Nadia’s Christmas table was kolach (Christmas bread), which was placed in the centre of the table and had a candle in the centre. This bread is braided into a ring, and tree such rings are placed one on top of the other, which symbolized the Trinity and Eternity. Everyone must have at least a small serving of each dish. According to Belasco (2008), Ukrainian traditions of cooking and...

Find Another Essay On Christmas in Ukraine

A History of Poland Essay

1060 words - 4 pages represented in the Polish Ecumenical Council, which was founded to promote cooperation between churches, are the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Evangelical Augsburg Church. Easter and Christmas are very important religious holidays to Poles and are a big part of Polish culture.During the late 18th century through the early 20th century the foreign powers that controlled Poland limited education to the privileged elite. Today, education

Reagan and Obama: A Comparison of Space Policy

1081 words - 5 pages Russia for all manned space launches to the International Space Station. Considering Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia and Ukraine, this level of dependence may not be in the United States’ best interests.   Obama has kept up the promise of Reagan’s public-private partnership in space operations. Recently Orbital Sciences Antares rocket carried the Cygnus spacecraft to a successful docking mission with the International Space Station with a full

Marks&Spencer

1471 words - 6 pages Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, India, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. All international stores operate under franchise with the exception of those that are owned by, for example, in the Republic of Ireland and Hong Kong. A lot of the shops are full with shopping malls with grocery stores, cafes and entertainment venues. In their work Corporation always made focuses on the ratio of

The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev

1552 words - 7 pages the Ukraine on April 26, 1986. The Soviet Union failed to release a full report until more than two weeks after the event. In light of Gorbachev’s policy of “openness,” some considered his reaction hypocritical. During the 1985 and October 1986 summits, the resulting strain on Gorbachev’s relationship with Reagan was apparent. The two disagreed over whether to do away with or continue developing the Strategic Defense Initiative, with Gorbachev

A Letter About the Fall of The Soviet Union

1620 words - 7 pages Dear Comrade Vyacheslav My cherished friend, I regret to inform you that our beloved Soviet society has ceased to exist. Our solid red flag with its magnificent gold emblem of the hammer and sickle flew above the Kremlin for the very last time on Christmas day, 1991. Prior to this gloomy day, eleven of the fifteenth Soviet republics that once made up the strong and prosperous Soviet Union, met in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, to announce that they

The Ambiguity of Kinship

1463 words - 6 pages the reasons for this and to explore any psychological effects it can have on the child. For instance, I was raised by my mother alone and never had any contact with my father until recently. My mother who was born and raised in France raised me in a similar fashion as her parents raised her, with a lot of freedom and the continual support of individual thought. My father grew up in Ukraine (the USSR at the time) and his entire family is Jewish

World War One was Inevitable

1512 words - 6 pages maintained and new weapons developed just in case the neighbours invaded. Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy joined together in the Triple Alliance. Aware of Germany's desire to be the most powerful country on the European continent and have a navy to challenge British sea supremacy, Britain, France, and Russia formed the Triple Entente. When the war began, it was expected to be a short war and "over by Christmas". Instead it lasted four years. It

My Roomate Ernie- The Stupidest Man To Ever Have Been Given A Teaching Job. Part I

2649 words - 11 pages dossier. His notes included the following: i. Hitler and Stalin had been bank robbers before becoming dictators ii.communism spread south to Siberia via the Ukraine iii. Jimi Hendrix recorded a Vietnamese War protest song in 1983 iv. Hitler had put men inside his V1 and V2 rockets that he sent to London. When a student asked him if it was to steer the rocket, he replied "Nah; they just turned around and told them where they were." I would have

The Roots of Christianity & Judaism

4655 words - 19 pages achieved extraordinary mastery. They enjoyed a large measure of self- government, centralized in the Council of the Four Lands.Persecutions became more frequent, however, inspired by competition from the growing Christian merchant class and by overly zealous churchmen. In 1648 a rebellion of Cossacks and Tatars in the Ukraine--then under Polish rule--led to an invasion of Poland, in which hundreds of thousands of Jews were massacred. Polish Jewry never

World War ll as One of the Most Deadliest and Destructive Wars

3600 words - 14 pages crucial position they needed. Zhukov's next move was to disable another rail line which delivered supplies through Poland to the German forces in the Ukraine. Zhukov, along with Konev, isolated the German forces in the Ukraine and the area was liberated by April of 1944. Now the only German troops left in the U.S.S.R were those in Crimea. The Fourth Ukrainian Front, under General Tolbhukin, defeated the German seventeenth

Pagan Rus Religion

3354 words - 14 pages fit new Christian holidays. Some pagan holiday dates only had to be adjusted a few days to correspond with Christian holidays, other pagan holidays had to be adjusted by as much as a few weeks. Many Rus in the past and even today practice folk holidays along with Christian holidays as well. The yuletide folk holiday of Koliada which celebrated the Winter solstice traditionally occurred on January 6. Koliada evolved into Christmas which occurs on

Similar Essays

Significance Of Chistmas Essay

6693 words - 27 pages ChristmasI. IntroductionChristmas, annual Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Most members of the Roman Catholic Church and followers of Protestantism celebrate Christmas on December 25, and many celebrate on the evening of December 24 as well. Members of most Orthodox Churches around the world also celebrate the holiday on December 25. Some Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, the Holy Land (the historic region of

The Story Of My Parent's Emmigration From Ukraine

2782 words - 12 pages The story starts off after the fall of the Soviet Union. My parents had emigrated from Ukraine to Canada as the Fourth Wave of emigration. This wave began during the year of 1991 and is still present in today’s society. When the Soviet Union had collapsed, Eastern Europe did as well. Citizens of Ukraine immigrated to different countries voluntarily. My parents were one of the many couples who decided to explore the different countries in

Suspersitition Essay

1006 words - 5 pages great trade of misadventure in the Ukraine. Alcohol is considered to be the curse of society by many people worldwide. Since alcohol has many superstitions associated with it because it was existed for thousands of years. In the Czech Republic it is considered bad luck to serve alcohol on Christmas. In the US, it is considered bad luck to not serve alcohol on Christmas. In Germany it is believed to be good luck to drink three or more drinks

Title: The Forever Recorded W Orld Events:1989~1991. Essay About The Collapse Of Berlin Wall, Gulf War, And Fall Of Ussr

773 words - 3 pages into 11 separate units: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia (renamed Belarus), Kazakstan, Kirghiziya (renamed Kyrgyzstan), Moldavia (renamed Moldova), Russia, Tadzhikistan (renamed Tajikistan), Turkmenia (renamed Turkmenistan), Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Gorbachev resigned on Christmas of that year. This event ended the cold war, left economy hardship in Russia, and has always been an interesting subject for the historians as the collapse of a super