Posted in Bozhena, Hobbies

Saturday routine

My daughter’s (and my) favorite thing to do on Saturday morning is attending a matinee in our drama theater.
Their latest play is really good. I don’t know how much Bozhena understands there (I think it is more for adults than for kids), but the special effects and costumes are really cool. Just have a look at this video. If you cannot read Ukrainian title can you still guess which story it is?

Posted in holidays, Traditions, Ukraine

Malanka and Vasyl – ‘Old New Year in Ukraine


Malanka is the New Year’s Eve according to the Julian Calendar. On this day it is customary to sing schedrivky (Ukrainian traditional songs with wishes of prosperity and good health to the hosts of a house). Groups of young people dress up as different characters, wear masks and walk from house to house showing their mini-performances and wishing the hosts good health and prosperity. The traditional characters are:  Continue reading “Malanka and Vasyl – ‘Old New Year in Ukraine”

Posted in holidays, Traditions, Ukraine

Ukrainian Christmas


Christmas in Ukraine is one of the favorite and most important holidays of the year. It is celebrated on the 7th of January, according to the Julian calendar followed by the Orthodox church. The different calendars (the Catholic church uses the Gregorian calendar) are the reason why the same religious holidays are celebrated on different dates.  Continue reading “Ukrainian Christmas”

Posted in Poetry

“Jim” by Hilaire Belloc

I'd like to present the poem by Hilaire Belloc called

Jim, who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion


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Posted in Videos

To Eat or Not to Eat

Somebody has shared this video with me and it brought memories of similar talks with my younger sister when she was a child, a bit older than that boy in the video. My sister could not eat meat because it was ‘made of a living creature’. The thought of eating something that lived was repulsive for her. I remember that our grandmother lied to her saying that beef grew on a tree.

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