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This time of year is so rich in ancient traditions, and nowhere is this as true as in Ukraine. 

Here are a few songs from the Ukrainian folk group, Gerdan to warm you up for the holiday season! 

St. Andrew's Day

First is St.Andrew's Day on December 13 is probably one of the most fun of the Christmas celebrations! 

In Ukrainian tradition, this was a day for young people to gather in one house for "великі вечорниці" (velyki vechornytsi) - gatherings with music, songs, rituals and fortunetelling. The word ‘vechornytsi’ is derived from the Ukrainian ‘вечір’ which stands for ‘evening’. Here is Gerdan singing one of these "vechornytsi" and performing some of these rituals. 

St. Nicholas' Day

Probably the most anticipated holiday by children is "Mykolay" or St.Nicholas' Day on December 19th. St.Nicholas, patron saint of children, was said to bring gifts for well behaved children, and this tradition of gift giving continues to this day! 

Here is one of our favourite songs about Mykolay, sung by Gerdan! 
Ukrainian Christmas 

Finally comes Christmas! Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on the 6th and 7th January, a holiday rich in tradition and customs, and of course - carols! Listen to Gerdan wishing health and prosperity for the new year, and singing "Dobriy Vechir Tobi", which means "Good evening to you".
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If you enjoyed these, you'll LOVE what we have in store for you! On Sunday 3rd January, we'll be holding a virtual Carol Concert with the Rozhnytsya Folk Group from Kyiv.
They will sing some of your favourite songs, aswell as some less known ones! We'll be taking donations for the Cobblestone Freeway Foundation throughout the concert. Click the link below to see the event on Facebook! 
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If you're getting into the Christmas spirit, join us for a virtual Christmas Cooking Class with Taras on Monday!
He'll be teaching us how to make Kutia, a traditional dish served on Ukrainian Christmas Eve (and also found in his new cookbook!)
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