Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Old New Year

Old New Year, or New Year by Julian calendar, is widely celebrated on January 14 in  Ukraine. Just in one week after the celebration of Christmas there comes an Old New Year holiday. This is quite difficult to comprehend to most visitors who come to Ukraine. An Old New Year is the traditional celebration of the New Year.
 Although January 14 is not an official day off, in western Ukraine they have services in churches on that day, and at night from January 13 to January 14 western Ukrainians are celebrating something like winter festivals. The festivals called Malankas (Malanka – singular). The most famous Malankas places in whole western Ukraine are: in the town of Horoshova, Ternopil's'ka oblast; in the town of Vashkivtsi, Chernivets'ka oblast . 
Besides Malanka festivals, there is another very common tradition for celebrating Julian New Year in Ukraine. Earlier in the morning of January 14, boys are coming from door to door, sowing seeds and grains in the hallways – for good luck and good year for those who lives in this house.
And here is traditional carol for Ukrainian Old Style New Year (on the video below).
Happy (Julian Calendar) New Year everyone!

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