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Pysanky (pysanka – singular)

Today is Easter according to the Orthodox tradition. In Ukrainian, it is called Velykden (The Great Day) and together with Christmas, it is the biggest holiday of the year. On this day the traditional greeting is:
“Christ has risen from the dead!”
“He has risen indeed!”

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My Epiphany Celebration.

Hello, dear friends. 

I am happy to share my new experience with you.
Today Ukrainians are celebrating Epiphany or the Baptism of Jesus Christ. This day we believe that water becomes holy. People bring this holy water home from the churches and use it throughout a year to treat illnesses and bless their homes. Some people follow the tradition to dip into the lakes or rivers. On this day water washes away all the sins from the past year and brings health and strength. This is a bit extreme tradition because this time of the year it is rather cold in Ukraine. 🙂 For example today at midnight it was 13 degrees below zero (Celsius scale). Continue reading “My Epiphany Celebration.”