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A volunteer hugs a boy during the St. Nicholas Day celebrations at DIYA cultural center at Dovzhenko Film Studio on Dec. 19. (Anastasia Vlasova)

On Dec. 19, some 600 children from the internally displaced families attended a St. Nicholas Day celebration at DIYA Cultural Center at Dovzhenko Film Studio.

On Dec. 19, some 600 children from the internally displaced families attended a St. Nicholas Day celebration at DIYA Cultural Center at Dovzhenko Film Studio.

The celebration was organized by the Theatre of Displaced People, a documentary theater group in Kyiv.

The children who attended the event come from the families that had to leave their homes in eastern Ukraine fleeing from the war between Ukrainian government and joint Russian and separatist forces.

At the celebration, the children saw a shadow theater play, made Christmas costumes, and got presents from St. Nicholas.

The St. Nicholas Day has a special meaning for the Theatre of Displaced People. Its organizers, Natalya Vorozhbyt and Georg Genoux first met and started working together a year ago, when they organized a St. Nicholas celebration for the children of an eastern city of Mykolayivka, named after a Ukrainian version of the name Nicholas, a year ago.

Now, the children from Mykolayivka came to Kyiv to help the Theatre of Displaced People with the celebration. They were entertaining the younger children with a shadow play.

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