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BRAMA, February 25, 2001, 1:00pm EST


Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine - Traditional holiday "Masliana" celebrations
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Kyiv, Feb 24. Along Khreshchatyk Boulevard, banners proclaim "Masliana 2001".
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Kyiv, Feb 24. On a stage in front of the Mayor's headquarters on Khreshchatyk - "Sokoliata" Ukrainian Children's Dancing group entertains the crowd.
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Kyiv, Feb 24. On a stage in front of the Mayor's headquarters on Khreshchatyk - "Sokoliata" Ukrainian Children's Dancing group entertains the crowd.
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Kyiv, Feb 24. On a stage in front of the Mayor's headquarters on Khreshchatyk - a Ukrainian choir provides the song.
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Kyiv, Feb 24. Clown selling "Masliana" toys.
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Kyiv, Feb 24. Street vendor selling traditional mlyntsi pancakes.
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Kyiv, Feb 24. Street vendors sell traditional Ukrainian chachky: embroidery, wood carvings ....
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Kyiv, Feb 24. Street vendors sell traditional Ukrainian chachky: embroidery, wood carvings ....
Kyiv, Ukraine - Holidays and traditions are important to Ukrainians, and no political crisis (i.e., the current anti-presidential protests) is going to stop them from tending to their cultural customs. Yesterday was the first day of a week-long observance called "Masliana." The holiday takes place during the last week before Lent begins, offering an opportunity for some last minute festivities before the traditional period of abstinence that precedes Easter.

Song, dance, poetry, drinking and feasting are characterstic during "Masliana." Topping the list of foods to consume this week are "varenyky" (potato dumplings) with sour cream and buckwheat "mlyntsi" (pancakes) sauteed in butter. Recipes by Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Yonkers, NY.

Masliana, vorotysia!
Do Velykodnia prosiahnysia
Vid Velykodnia do Petra,
A vid Petra ta do tepla …

Масляна, воротися!
До Великодня просягнися
Від Великодня до Петра,
А від Петра та до тепла …

Loose translation:
Enter Masliana!
Continue until Easter
From Easter to St, Peter's Day,
And from St. Peter's Day until summer …

A look ahead to the warmth of summer, yesterday's bright and sunny "Masliana" offered a small reprieve from the cold greyness of the winter months.
 

 

E. Morgan Williams
President
ArtUkraine.com
Ukraine Market Reform Group
Ukraine Business Development and Investment Group
Kyiv, Ukraine
380 44 212 5586 Kyiv
380 44 459 3322 Kyiv Mobile
E-Mail: www.ArtUkraine.com


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