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 […]

Famous Ukrainian writers

Ukrainian writers made an essential contribution to the development of the Ukrainian literature and culture. Despite all the obstacles, limits and prohibitions they managed to protect and to enrich their native Ukrainian language.  Here we`d like to present the most popular Ukrainian writers. Hryhoriy Kvitka-Osnovyanenko (1778 – 1843) Hryhoriy Kvitka-Osnovyanenko was an outstanding Ukrainian writer of the […]

Ukrainian salo

Salo is a white pork fat known as a national Ukrainian dish. Salo has little or no meat; it is not rendered as lard and is not necessarily cured as bacon. In Ukraine and many other countries salo food and its variations is considered as a main dish of national cuisine. In the old days […]

Ukrainian Art and Ukrainian painters

Ukrainian Art and Ukrainian painters Ukrainian painters are artist known in many countries of the world. Their works are original and their styles are unique. Here is the list of the most famous and outstanding Ukrainian artists. Dmitry Levitsky (1735-1822) Dmitry Levitsky is a famous Ukrainian portraitist, he is known as a master of ceremonial […]

Floral symbols of Ukraine: flowers and trees

From ancient times floral symbols were very important for Ukrainians. Plants are signs of Ukrainian spiritual strength, they confirm people’s love for their country. There in’t the one and only national flower of Ukraine as different flowers play different roles in Ukrainian culture. Periwinkle Periwinkle (barvinok) is a symbol of fidelity and eternity. The flower […]

Ukrainian cabbage rolls “golubtsi” recipes

Cabbage rolls is a dish common to the cuisines of Europe and West Asia. The main ingredients for cabbage roll are cabbage leaves wrapped about different fillings. Name The name for stuffed cabbage rolls in Ukrainian language is “golubtsi” or “holubtsi” (singular – “golubets’”). The etymology of the word is vague, though there are two […]

How to cook Ukrainian pancakes nalysnyky: recipes

Nalysnyky («налисники») are Ukrainian crepes with different fillings. It’s a very popular dish in all regions of the country. Rolled pancakes with different fillings are made in different countries of the world, the principle of making is the same, but batter, stuffing can differ. Ukrainians cook crepes and nalysnyky from ancient times. They can be […]