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THE CELEBRATION OF TRINITY IN UKRAINE

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What is Trinity in Ukraine?

The Feast of Triytsya, (Trinity Sunday), which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (Pentecost) falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter. In English, it is also called Whitsunday and in Ukrainian, it is known as Pyatydesyatnytsya. Holy Trinity Day is a very important religious holiday in Ukraine.

Holy Trinity

Trinity is a moveable feast celebrating the Holy Trinity, the Christian belief that the nature of God exists as Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but yet One God.

Trinity is a kind of symbol of the return to life. On the time of this wonderful holiday, all nature comes to life, blooms and fills up with bright colors and alluring scents. On this day, all Orthodox people decorate their houses with greenery, birch twigs with calamus branches, prepare a festive table and invite relatives to come over for a celebration.

The celebration of Trinity in Ukraine is a big event with many people going to church and following traditional rituals. Join them in this celebration or just enjoy the “green” side of this wonderful feast!

Didova subota

The day before Triytsya, that is Saturday, called Didova subota, the day of the commemoration of the dead. According to a popular belief, deceased people come to our world on the Green Thursday and stay here until the Troyitsky Thursday. That’s why it was prohibited to work during these days, especially to weave, sew or to cut wood. In order not to make any harm to the dead souls. That’s why people try to do all work in the garden and in the house before the Green Holidays.

There is an awesome tradition with the wreaths. On Green Thursday the ladies went to the forest or to the field to make wreaths. After that, they returned to the village to tie the wreaths to the birch tree. On the Trinity Day, the ladies were checking their wreaths and taking them off the tree. If the wreath remained fresh, it meant the lady’s family would be happy. And if the wreath faded, it was not a good sign and meant the family would be unhappy.

In Ukrainian folk rituals, wreaths, in general, is a symbol of great respect, youth, purity, and beauty.

Also, the wreath made of fresh flowers is considered to be a defense against evil forces. People are going to attend church on Sunday. Monday is usually an official day off in Ukraine, so people may stay with their family, relatives, and friends and have a great time.

God bless all people and make them happy indeed!

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