Ivan Kupala, or the Kupala Night, the old pre-Christian Slavic holiday honoring summer solstice on July 6, is widely celebrated in Ukraine. The Christian Church converted this holiday into John the Baptist Day long time ago, but it is still celebrated by many in a pagan way. Thousands participate in the night rituals to gain wealth, health and love – but most of all, to have fun. Here are some of the places in Kyiv where one can experience the Ivan Kupala celebrations.
Editor's Note: The following Kyiv Post classic was originally published on March 3, 2010, shortly after Viktor Yanukovych's Feb. 25, 2010, inauguration as president. We were reminded of the buffoonish politician's gift for saying and doing stupid things during his recent interview with BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse.
Summer offers great opportunities for outdoor sports, exercise and dancing. Make the hot season fun and healthy by following the Kyiv Post's picks for the best outdoor activities.
Looking for a place to get your beard trimmed or a quick haircut without having to share space with female clients? Then look for a barbershop. Some will even pour you a glass of whiskey.
June turned out to be a season for exhibitions in Kyiv. From an art retrospective to a display of Klitschko brothers’ boxing prizes – Kyiv Post presents the most interesting of the ongoing exhibitions for all tastes.
Kyiv is far away from the sea, but has lots of places to escape summer heat and enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Here are some of the top Kyiv recreation spots with good service, cozy atmosphere and picturesque views.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has opened America House, a space for meetings
and events. It is located in the former U.S. Embassy building at Mykoly
Pymonenka Street and is funded by the embassy.
The grand opening took place on May 20. Before that, America House had been working for 16 days and welcomed 1,500 visitors.
On Dehtiarivska Street in Kyiv stands a mosque, one of two in the mainly Christian capital. Going inside, the first person I met was five-year old Miriam. Standing near the entrance, shifting from one foot to another in her pink hijab, she shyly asked me to help her undo her shoelaces. Just like the rest of the visitors of the mosque, she had to take off her shoes before going into the praying hall. Many pairs of shoes are stacked in special shelves in a tiny room next to the entrance.
To honor the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, Kyiv's Motherland sculpture is decorated with poppy wreath. The accessory appeared early in the morning of May 8.
Early in May, as the picnic season started in Ukraine, a local startup put a new barbecue grill on the market. The grill, called Mordor on Fire, is designed after the Kremlin, and when set on fire offers a view of burning walls and towers of Moscow's stronghold.
Street food has been an unpleasant part of the urban culture in Ukraine, with kiosks selling cheap shawarma rolls that seemed to be made of nothing but mayonnaise. But new and better street food places are popping up all over. The Kyiv Post surveyed some of the offerings in Kyiv. In all of these places, the cooks were wearing gloves and seemed to observe sanitary rules while serving up tasty fare.
The editorial crew of Elle Ukraine, one of the country's few fashion magazines, had to hastily change the cover photo of the May issue after the originally advertised cover angered public.
One popular option for getting into shape for summer is through months of exercising and dieting. But for the truly impatient, even this healthy approach takes too long.
The Kyiv City Children's Hospital for Infectious Diseases has been struggling to get modern laboratory equipment for five years. And now, thanks to the Kyiv Lions Club, the hospital is likely to receive these potentially lifesaving tools soon.
Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches celebrate Easter on April 12 this year.
It is time for Catholics to catch the Easter Bunny and search for chocolate eggs. The Catholic Easter takes place on April 5 this year, and the liturgies begin on April 4. Here's the schedule of the Easter Services in Kyiv:
When archaeologists performed a routine check on a construction site in central Kyiv in late February, they were astonished to discover a medieval street hidden seven meters underground.
Kyiv has always been cheap compared to Western capitals, but with the recent fall of the hryvnia, certain services got even cheaper - that is, for those who get paid in foreign currency. The prices for many services don’t climb as fast as the currency falls, leaving a gap that one can benefit from.