Typical Ukrainian women

There is a stereotype concerning the description of a typical Ukrainian woman that she has “black eyebrows and brown eyes” like in outstanding Ukrainian song “Ochi chornye” («Black eyes»). But practically this cliché turns out to be old, as there is a great variety of fair-haired and dark-haired Ukrainians with blue, green or grey eyes. […]

Ukrainian cabbage soup kapusniak recipes

Kapusniak is a traditional Ukrainian soup that takes the second place by popularity after borscht. This dish was named after its basic ingredient, sauerkraut, which is pronounced as “капуста” (kapusta) in Ukrainian. This pickled vegetable adds special flavor and sour taste to Ukrainian cabbage soup. Kapusniak is especially popular in winter time for its density, […]

Ukrainian decorated Easter eggs pysanky

Pysanka is Ukrainian name of an Easter egg, ornamented with different folk patterns and motifs using wax and colorful dyes. The word “pysanka” originated from Ukrainian verb “pysaty”, which means “to write”. History of pysanka in Ukraine Ceremonial eggs decorating have a very deep history in Ukrainian culture. According to archeological excavation results the most […]

Traditional Ukrainian shoes: history, types, features, sizes

Ukrainians were always famous for their ability to dress and look perfect. One of the most prominent Ukrainian artists Ilya Repin once said: “Only Parisians and Ukrainians have good taste in clothes…Ukrainian costumes are truly folk, graceful and convenient, despite huge boots…” It’s hard to imagine Ukrainian nation without their bright red boots. Being an […]

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 […]