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How well do you know Ukrainian Christmas traditions? (QUIZ)

by Agatha GorskiJanuary 7, 2022 7:56 pm
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People visit the Christmas Fair on Sofiivska Square in Kyiv on Dec. 27, 2021. The square is hosting the city's main Christmas tree. (Kostyantyn Chernichkin)

Unlike the rest of the Christian world, most Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, not Dec. 25.

This is because most of Ukraine’s Christian denominations use the Julian calendar, according to which Christmas falls on this date.

But that is not the only tradition that makes Ukrainian Christmas celebrations stand out. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are filled with festive rituals that are hundreds of years old, and which many Ukrainians follow to date. 

The Kyiv Independent teamed up with the Shadows Project – an initiative for young Ukrainians to interact with their culture and history in a contemporary way — to quiz your knowledge of these traditions.

Member of the Shadows Project Maryna Kryvoruchko contributed to this story.

Agatha Gorski
Agatha Gorski

Agatha Gorski is a contributor to the Kyiv Independent. She is the co-founder of the Shadows Project, a cultural initiative for young Ukrainians to interact with their culture and history in a contemporary way. She is currently finishing a BA in Political Philosophy and History at Sciences Po Paris in France.

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