Ukrainian embroidery: history, regional features, colors and patterns

Ukrainian embroidery takes the special place among other Ukrainian decorative arts. It is the result of complicated and painstaking labor, filled with great color variety and sacral ornaments. There are two variants of embroidery, manual and machine, which are used for male and female traditional Ukrainian shirts (“vyshyvanka”), dresses, towels (“rushnyk”) and household items, such […]

Sofiyivski park in Uman

Ukraine is a wonderful country, rich on picturesque landscapes, ancient cities and places that are worthy of attention. One of such places is a marvelous National dendrological park “Sofiyivka”, which is situated in Uman, Cherkassy region. This park is a prominent architectural and nature creation of the end of 18th-the beginning of 19th centuries that […]

Religion in Ukraine: history, traditions, beliefs

The main religion in Ukraine is Orthodox Christianity that is observed by approximately 75 per cent of people.  Catholicism is also one of the major religions in Ukraine (23 %). Besides, there are also such confessions as Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Adventism on the territory of Ukraine. Religion takes the special place in Ukrainians’ […]

Great and famous Ukrainian poets

In 19th century Ukrainian poetry stayed on three main pillars: Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko and Lesya Ukrainka. But in the beginning of the 20th century whole galaxy of new young and talented poets entered national literature and enriched it. Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko is a prominent Ukrainian poet, writer and artist. He is […]

Ukrainian language: origin, history, dialects

Ukrainian is accepted to be the official language of Ukraine, since it was declared independent in 1991. Ukrainian together with Belarusian and Russian belongs to the East Slavic language group. It is mainly widespread in Ukraine, also in Belarus, Russia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.  In some regions of Central and Eastern Europe Ukrainian has the […]

Typical Ukrainian family

Family has always been the base of every society, which types and forms depend on national folk features, social and economic relationships. Ukrainian word for the family is “родина” (rodyna) that is the key for understanding word`s origin – belonging to the genus (“род” in Ukrainian). On the territory of the Western Europe the structure […]

Ukrainian wedding ceremony: traditions and customs

Ukrainian wedding is one of the most symbolic ceremonies in Ukrainian culture and can`t be compared with any other celebration by its wide scope.  It is rich on different traditions and customs that haven`t been changed for many centuries. Wedding preparations Wedding dress Usually wedding preparations start several months before the solemn event with the […]

Ukrainian animal and bird symbols

Each country has its own folk symbols, which are respected and honored by people. They reflect the history of the nation, depict its lifestyle. Ukraine has diverse animal and bird symbols, which are mentioned in literature, music and folk art. It`s hard to define one main Ukraine official animal or bird, because all symbols play […]

Ukrainian varenyky: history, recipe, interesting facts

Varenyky is a popular Ukrainian dish made of boiled dough with diverse fillings, such as meat, mushrooms, vegetables, fruits, cheese etc. Varenyky is not a festive dish, but their taste leaves no one indifferent. These Ukrainian dumplings can be the main course as well as the dessert. Ukrainian varenyky history Ukraine is the motherland for […]

Ukrainian Alphabet: characteristics, letters, pronunciation

Alphabet is a set of letters in a definite order, which are used for writing and speaking different languages. Ukrainian alphabet consists of 33 letters borrowed from the Cyrillic script and, together with Russian and Belarusian, forms the eastern group of Slavic languages. In Ukraine the alphabet has three different names. The first one is […]