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Colors of Kiev - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Cathedral of the Dormition (back view) Travelers wishing to get acquainted with Kyiv's beautiful national traditions should visit the city during one of the major holidays. One of the favorite holidays among local residents is the City Day, which is traditionally celebrated on the last weekend of May. The tradition of celebrating this day appeared in 1982 and in recent years Kyiv Day has gained incredible scale. Sports competitions, the traditional balloons parade and concerts of popular performers are always held in Kyiv on holiday days.
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No less interesting is the entertainment dedicated to arts and creativity. More than 30 years ago, the city began holding the so-called “vernissages” - art exhibitions, which have been held on Kyiv Day to this day. The best masters of the city present their masterpieces, any of which can be bought. Hand-embroidered aprons and colorful bedspreads, original handmade hats and jewelry, magnificent paintings and traditional costumes are just a small part of what Kyiv masters present for sale.
Local residents also celebrate numerous religious holidays, and the most famous one is St. Michael's Day. Celebrated on November 21, many customs associated with this holiday have remained unchanged over several hundred years. The holiday is dedicated to the main patron saint of Kyiv - Saint Michael the Archangel. Copyright
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On this day, people avoid doing hard physical work and lay the table to spend the day with loved ones. On this holiday, it is also customary to please the “Dvorovoi”, a spirit who is responsible for the courtyard and domestic order. To do this, one needs to leave it a glass of milk and a treat. Many of those who observe this ritual today note that by the morning the amount of milk in the glass is significantly reduced, which is a good sign.
Ucraina, Kiev Some of the most splendid celebrations and interesting entertainment are traditionally held in Kyiv on the days of Maslenitsa (Butter Week). The main symbol of this holiday is pancakes, which embody the sun and the long-awaited advent of spring. A large part of Maslenitsa's entertainment programs takes place in the open air.
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Gastronomic festivals are organized on the squares, artists and musicians wearing beautiful national costumes perform on the streets, and the main final stage is the burning of Lady Maslenitsa. Besides public festivities, it is customary to observe some spiritual traditions on this day. On a holiday, people ask for forgiveness from loved ones, as well as clean away all bad thoughts.
Zolotie Vorota (Golden Gate) Local residents are characterized by a very reverent and respectable attitude towards historical traditions. Beautiful national costumes, culinary specialties, traditional dances, and music are all mandatory attributes of any holiday. Among other typical traits of local people are thoroughness and deliberateness.
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Whatever they need to do, locals will do everything without haste and very carefully. In many respects, Kyiv residents owe this national peculiarity to their beautiful national costumes. Their preparation for holidays begins long in advance; all national costumes are decorated with skillful handmade embroidery.
Ucraina, Kiev The pursuit of competition and leadership is another important trait of local people. This is the reason why hundreds of years ago all kinds of competitions have always been held in Kyiv on big holidays. Men could compete in fights and women in the art of cooking and needlework. Thus, all sorts of sports competitions are mandatory attributes of the holiday even today.
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A striking character trait that is often perceived with misunderstanding is thrift and a negative attitude towards wastefulness. Such special features are perceived by many as greed, whereas in fact, it's just a manifestation of a caring attitude towards fruits of labor. Love for tasty and hearty food has always been an important component of the character of Kyivans. Here it is customary to set a rich table on any given holiday. However, even on a typical day, having a rich table is considered one of the main signs of wealth and well-being. One of the main ways of hospitality manifestation in Kyiv is an invitation to lunch or dinner. Refusing such offers may offend your hospitable Ukrainian friends. Kyivans respect and cherish their historical traditions and are always willing to let travelers from other cities and countries in on them.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Kiev
♥   Co-Cathedral of St. Alexander, Kyiv (Київ), 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Church of St. Nicholas, Kyiv (Київ), 2.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Kyiv (Київ), 5.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Kiev

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