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Finding one’s way around a Ukrainian holiday feast can be a tough challenge. Which food is traditional Ukrainian and which is Soviet classics? How come that there is no roast goose but there is a meat jelly? How many mayonnaise salads are too many? What is the deal with red caviar?

The questions are piling up like layers of a dressed herring salad.

Christmas vs. New Year

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The Svwaty Vechere or Holy Supper menu vary by region, town and even family in the breaking of the Christmas fast while retaining a vegetarian or even vegan ingrediance list in respect for the Holy Virgin's labor pangs. There are no absolutes in the rituals of a country as vast as Ukraine with its own complementary indigenous ancestral history. Supposition of this Christmas Eve's ritual's oregin was how ever to honor the sun god rather than the Son of God and its twelve dishes the yearly luneral cycle.

For instance Lemkivchenya with its near Brigadune quality diaspora often eat kutya made of grains other than wheat and given a honorary placement with its refuge lore last rather than first. Many indigenous families begin this ritual with prosphora, that is unconsecrated communion bread dipped in honey and sprinkled with chopped garlic symbolizing their acceptance of life's providence of sweetness or in bitterness.

Ms Melkozerova has given the Kyiv Post a strong start. Maybe in future like articles they could encourage subscribers to comment in order to share their family and/or tribal variants.

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