Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Ukraine Christmas Traditions

“Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7 according to the Orthodox religious calendar, though New Year’s Eve was, as a result of Soviet norms, the larger holiday in Ukraine. So, for example, the Christmas tree that is decorated on Independence Square in Kiev doubles as a New Year’s tree. An increasing number of families celebrate Christmas in Ukraine, both because they want to return to this tradition that was abandoned and because they want to establish their own relationship with the holiday.

Sviaty Vechir, or Holy Evening, is the Ukrainian Christmas Eve. A candle in the window welcomes those without families to join in the observation of this special time, and the Christmas Eve dinner is not served until the first star appears in the sky, signifying the Three Kings.”

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