Easter in Ukraine

Easter is one of the most important and favorite holidays for Ukrainians. Even those who are not very religious follow traditions of this day. Women bake paskas – traditional Ukrainian Easter cake – and paint traditional Easter eggs – krashankas and pysankas. These eggs are decorated with traditional Ukrainian patterns – both Christian and ancient pagan symbols of life and prosperity.

On Saturday families from all over the Ukraine are preparing Easter baskets full of goods and food: paskas, krashankas and pysankas, sausages, wine, even salt. Early in the morning they come to the nearest church to sanctify all these dishes for a festive dinning.

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For those who haven’t time for collecting all the food for Easter, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil prepared it for their guests: hotel kitchen team baked paskas and color eggs, put it all into the nice baskets together with wine, cheese and sausages. So one can just pick it up at the hotel and go to the one of 300 Kyiv churches.

During Easter celebration which this year starts on April 8th, on Palm Sunday, every city of Ukraine turns to a spring garden. But most of the activities will be held in the capital – Kyiv. The main event is Easter Eggs Festival that will be held on St. Sophia’s Square, close to Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv.

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585 eggs will be installed at the Easter quarter – from St. Sophia’s Cathedral to St. Michael’s Cathedral. Easter Eggs Festival will collect the best artists and fans to paint Easter eggs in size from 5 cm to 2 m.

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Children entertainment area, lounge area, workshops zone, art and handmade fair will be organized all over the city.

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Easter break is a great chance for oxygen escape from the city to the Carpathian Mountains. The freshest air, untouched nature, peace and quiet easily combine with Ukrainian Easter traditions. Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel, situated in the very heart of Carpathians, prepared a festive Easter corner at the hotel. On Saturday evening the priest will consecrate paskas and other goods at the lobby and on Sunday Super Breakfast Buffet will be turned to a festive Easter meal.

Easter is unique and bright in every corner of Ukraine. Joining all the ancient traditions – baking paskas, painting krashankas, decorating pysankas or playing Easter games – fills people with light of hope and happiness.

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