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OLD NEW YEAR... HOW’S THAT?

14 January 2021

On the 13th of January, the Old New Year is celebrated in Russia - a holiday with the traditions of old times and modern habits. The Old New Year appeared in our calendar because of a change in chronology, when the Bolsheviks transferred the country from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one.
CHRISTMAS IN RUSSIA

11 January 2021

Christmas is an important holiday for the Christian world. It is celebrated by both Catholics and Orthodox. By tradition, the Orthodox Christmas is on the 7th of January, while the Catholic and Protestant is on the 25th of December.

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Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after Russia. The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key center of Eastern Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus as the basis of Ukrainian identity. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy. Ukranian culture has also been influenced by its Eastern and Western neighbors, which is reflected in its architecture, music and art. The mesmerizing landscapes, the fairytale castles and the delicious recipes will surely exceed your expectations. To discover the true spirit of its culture, traditions and natural beauty, Kiev, the country's capital, is a good place to start. Nor can you fail to mention the hospitality of the locals, who will make you feel that Ukraine is your second home!

 

The capital of Ukraine is a green hilltop metropolis that lies alongside the Dnieper River. In the Middle Ages, Kiev was the capital of a huge state that occupied a large stretch of Eastern Europe. Monasteries and cathedrals derived from that golden age can be entered. For example, one of the most important sites of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the World Heritage – Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is a wonderful complex of churches, steeples and underground caves. Also included in the World Heritage List, the Saint Sophia Cathedral is the oldest church in Kiev and has an architecture and ornamentation dating from the 1000s. The cathedral, famous for its 13 golden domes, was built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, whose sarcophagus is exposed there too.

 

Outside the city you can visit the Pirogovo open-air museum dedicated to rural architecture from six different Ukrainian regions. There are more than 300 buildings, from churches to houses and Workshops. It is a living museum where you can see traditional crafts in action such as forging, weaving and ceramics.

 

The famous Chernobyl is something not to be missed if you go to Ukraine, located about 90 km from Kiev, it is available for tourists, although they are kept out of the most radioactive sites. Every year, tens of thousands of tourists come to see the haunting ruins of abandoned villages.