How Ukrainians celebrate Christmas?
Hello Traveler! Christmas in Ukraine is on the 7th of January. The period from the 7th until the 14th of January is a Saint Christmas week. During this week people go from one house to another, singing songs and wishing good wishes to health, prosperity, etc. and just having a good time. Most usually are dressed in folksy or carnival type costumes. Such activity is called “Kolyaduvannya” and “Schedruvannya”. The songs are called “kolyadky” and “schedrivky”. When somebody is singing these songs and greeting you, as a rule you should give them sweets or food or drinks or whatever you have as a token of appreciation. It is believed that everything that the people have sung in their Kolyadka and Schedrivka will come true.
Also during the new year holidays, up to the 14th of January it is common for kids (and sometimes adults-in the villages) to go from one house to another wishing the owner of the house new year wishes, new happiness, health, etc. All those wishes are usually said in rhymes and with the spreading of seeds, such as wheat or other grains. This shows a wish of prosperity for the house. This practice is called “Posivannya”. Some token, usualy food, drink, sweets, or money, is usualy given in return.
But in Ukraine New Year eve is more popular, as celebrating Christmas was banned during the Soviet Times. New Year is considered a family holiday when all family members get together to meet the new year. It is also believed that people you will meet the new year with will be in your life during this year.