“Who can blame people for trying to welcome happiness in their lives by all possible means, as all the Christmas traditions in all the countries are about attracting happiness,” says Galyna Bondarenko, an ethnographer and historian.
But local traditions are also growing in popularity, and this year it’s especially visible in Kyiv – possibly due to the revolution. Kyiv Post has picked out five that would make a Christmas Ukrainian. All of them are living traditions that often develop modern twists.
Singing carols, the revolutionary way