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Fun and festivities in Ukraine - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Yalta Among the Ukrainian holidays and holiday traditions, there are those well-known to Europeans, for example, the New Year and the First of May holidays. There are also unique holidays, like ceremonies for Ivan Kupala, celebrating Christmas and New Year twice, a new holiday called Day of Defender of Ukraine and interesting traditions of Palm Sunday. Ukraine combines European traditions, Orthodox Christianity rituals and the pagan heritage of the Eastern Slavs. Holidays are celebrated on a large scale, and pagan as well as orthodox traditions are honored even by faithless Ukrainians.
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Ukraine celebrates the New Year with most of the world from the night of December 31st to January 1st. The Christmas trees are decorated in the middle of December. The celebration starts in the evening or in the middle of the day, the table is set with all sorts of dishes. It is impossible to imagine a New Year’s celebration without the traditional Olivier salad. Usually, the holiday is celebrated with the family in front of the TV, accompanied with the songs of popular artists. After the striking of the clock, the celebrants go outside to play snowballs and launch fireworks. After the arrival of New Year, the youth tries to meet with friends to continue the holiday celebration. The New Year’s symbols are the gray-bearded Santa Claus, dressed in white or blue clothes and traveling by sled with horses, and his granddaughter Snow Maiden, who is represented differently: from a little girl to a young woman.
Ukrainians celebrate Christmas according to the Orthodox calendar, on January 7th. This holiday is not celebrated with such noise and scope as the New Year. During its celebration, pagan rituals can be observed, especially in the countryside. Celebrants, sometimes in masks of animals, go caroling, that is, they go from house to house singing Christmas songs, and the owners of the houses treat them to sweets. It is interesting that from 2017 Ukrainians officially began to celebrate the Catholic Christmas on December 25th, which symbolizes Ukraine’s support for European orientation, and the adoption of European values. Anyway, two Christmases sounds great. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Old New Year is celebrated on the 14th of January. This is not a state public holiday, but it falls on the last days of the New Year breaks. The festivity appeared because of the transition from one calendar to another, between which there is a difference of 13 days. Old New Year is the last chance to have fun before the inevitable end of the holidays. Many faithful Ukrainians celebrate the Day of the Baptism of Russia on the nineteenth of January, by dipping into an ice hole, carved into the form of crosses. It is believed that dipping into an ice water three times in the middle of winter clears a person and heals him of all diseases.
On March 8th, Ukraine celebrates International Women’s Day. After the collapse of the USSR, this celebration of equality acquired a completely different meaning. Now it is called “the holiday of beauty and spring”, and during the celebration, women of all ages are wished not success and strength, but beauty and femininity. The Great Day, or Easter, is celebrated in April with Easter painted eggs that symbolizes the beginning of life. Ukrainians paint eggs with pleasure in order to break them together later at the table and eat them. The holiday does not do without a sweet Easter cake, which is blessed in the church. 49 days after Easter, Trinity Day is celebrated. People attend services in churches and go to the graves of relatives, where it is common to commemorate the dead, treat themselves to a meal and sometimes drink wine. Many people also leave food at the graves. It is believed that the souls of the dead return to earth on Trinity day and eat the food left at their grave.
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The April Palm Week, ending on Palm Sunday, relates to the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. On Saturday and Sunday, according to the old custom, many Ukrainians beat each other with pussy willow branches to cure diseases and expel evil spirits. In the beginning of May, Ukrainians have a lot of time-out because of the large number of holidays. The first of May is Labor Day. Till the 19th century, spring was celebrated on this day, and from Soviet times, peaceful demonstrations of workers are held on May 1st. May 9th is one of the most important holidays, marking the USSR Victory Day over the Nazis, the end of the war. Parades, meetings with veterans, and special demonstrations are held throughout the country. Old and new war films are broadcasted on television too.
From the end of June to the beginning of July, Ivan Kupala, or the Day of the Summer Solstice is celebrated. According to belief, a fern blossoms during this time. It gives the person who found it the opportunity to find any treasure, an understanding of the language of animals, and other incredible powers. On this holiday, it is customary to jump over bonfires, to tell fortunes through the flower wreaths, and gather herbs. Since 1996, on June 28th, the Constitution Day of Ukraine is celebrated; this holiday was considered by Ukrainians as an important one after the Revolution of 2014. Before that, it did not have much weight, even as a public holiday and a day off. On August 24th, Independence Day from the USSR is celebrated. On this day, a military parade is being held in Kiev, likewise gala concerts are held in many cities of Ukraine. On the 14th of October, the Day of the Defender of Ukraine is celebrated. This is a new holiday, introduced in 2014 because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, the 14th of October is the day of the Ukrainian Cossacks.
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk
Entertainment complex "Vodogray" is very popular among tourists. It has an excellent swimming pool and sauna, a banquet room for celebrations and karaoke, as well as a cozy billiard room and a bar. Sports fans will not lack choice of places for recreation. Traditional sports centers and all kinds of playgrounds are also available for guests of the city, and lovers of fishing can go to the most "fish places". On the waterfront, you can book a night fishing trip or rent a yacht and go on a … Read more
Kiev
Fans of water rides will like the Terminal water park that provides a wide range of pools, rides, recreation areas and a café. The water park features a beautiful spa, several restaurants and bars, so the rest in it will appeal not only to children, but also for adults. It’s also worth to visit Kiev dolphinarium; every day its pets arrange an enchanting show for guests. Visitors can take a picture with the dolphins and sea lions, swim in the pool with them and even try to feed. Paradise … Read more
Hurzuf
The main value of the famous Crimean resort was and remains beaches, the most popular among which is the "Artekovskiy", or, as it is more often called now, "Gurovsky Kamny". The beach will appeal to those who prefer a "wild" holiday. At the height of the tourist season in remote parts of the beach, tourists set up tents and spend the night at the very shore of the sea. There are also equipped beaches in the resort, which, in addition to standard equipment, can offer tourists a lot of … Read more
Alushta
For lovers of extreme types of recreation, the best entertainment center will be the water park "Almond Grove". Here you can relax in comfort all day. The water park is a well-developed infrastructure. Already almost traditional for those who like to relax actively, there are trips on horses to the mountains, liked at the resort by lovers of hiking and cycling. Also, vacationers are given the opportunity to rent a jeep and ride on inaccessible mountain roads of Big Alushta. In the evening, … Read more
Lviv
The nature enthusiasts will surely love the Botanical garden located on the territory of the National Forestry Engineering University of Ukraine. Its vast territory is a perfect place to walk and enjoy the sights of exotic plants and fragrant flowers. The history of the Lvov Botanical Garden dates back to the beginning of the by-gone century. Each year its vast collection of plants is added with ever new exotic specimens. The great choice of parks in Lvov will stun those tourists giving … Read more
Odessa
The largest food market in Odessa is the famous Privoz offering its visitors the vastest choice of vegetables, fruits as well as fresh sea foods. Fresh shrimps and fish are delivered there right from the port area of the city. The visitors of the market will be stunned with low prices. Another attractive market is set in the park near the Cathedral square. The main goods offered there are souvenirs and art objects. One will find there beautiful paintings, buy original decorations and finery and … Read more
Kharkov
Atmosphere mall invites visitors to play bowling and spend time in a comfortable ambience. In addition to the bowling center, its territory has several attractive cafes and bars; close to the entertainment complex there are popular restaurants and modern cinemas. Fans of night entertainment like the Misto club; it has attractive decor and an abundance of branded treats. Visitors will appreciate the carefully planned entertainment program at Misto. The original Arizona beach club is especially … Read more
Koktebel
Travelers, who are attracted by the unknown depths of the Crimean Mountains, can go on foot on the plateau of Karabi Yayla - the largest and deserted plateau in the Crimea. Here you can see the cave of Studencheskoy, in which the rock paintings are preserved, as well as the cave Bolshaya Buzluk, whose depth is 81 meters. Those who do not like walking, will have the opportunity to ride on the mountain valleys of the Crimea on first-class jeeps. Practicing in Koktebel rope-jumping - jumping from … Read more

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