News from and about Ukraine & Ukrainians: Ukrainian Community Press Releases
BRAMA, February 25, 2001, 1:00pm EST
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine - Traditional holiday "Masliana" celebrations
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.
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.
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