Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Day in Ukraine

Ukrainians, like other nations, have many traditions and holidays. During the Soviet era, some of the religious based holidays such as Easter and Christmas were officially discouraged. The celebration of these two holidays was ignored for many years, but have made a resurgence in the post Soviet era. The New Year's Day serves as the Ukrainian equivalent to Christmas in the Europe and United States. It is a wonderful time for children as well as for grown-ups, and is often called the family holiday. On New Year's Eve, children decorate a fir or a pine tree with shining balls and toys. The mothers cook a festive dinner. On New Year's Day there is an exchange of presents.

Now the time is 23:15 and I have already filled my glass with sparkling wine. Happy New Year! Gott Nytt År!

Med hjärtliga hälsningar,

Oleg Bezverkhnii