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Celebrating Old New Year in traditional style

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Celebrating Old New Year in traditional style at the “Mamajeva Sloboda” open-air museum on Jan.14 (Kostyantyn Chernichkin)

Actors performed a traditional "Goat Ritual" at the Mamayeva Sloboda Cossack-themed museum park in Kyiv on Jan. 14.

The Goat Ritual is an old Ukrainian tradition of celebrating Malanka, or Generous Eve, on Jan. 13. A group of carol-singers walks a man dressed as a goat from one house to another, singing carols and wishing wealth and health to the hosts. The goat is a symbol of fertility.

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