Maslenitsa festival in Ukraine – celebrating the arrival of spring

Maslenitsa festival in Ukraine – celebrating the arrival of spring

My family back in Ukraine is celebrating Maslenitsa at the moment – it’s a week-long festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Maslenitsa is celebrated not only in Ukraine, but in all eastern Slavic countries. Most of our festivals represent intertwined Christian and Pagan traditions, and this one is no exception. In Christian Orthodox tradition, it’s the ...read more »

Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

If by any chance you've seen "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka", you remember the humorous episode in which varenyky kept jumping into Patsyuk's mouth all by themselves :) If you haven't, than it's highly recommended, especially for those interested in the Ukrainian culture. It's there on YouTube with English subtitles. Alternatively, you can read the ...read more »

The Napoleon cake – my imperial treat :)

The Napoleon cake – my imperial treat :)

I've noticed baking isn't a big thing in India, and I have to admit I do feel a bit nostalgic when I think of the big, spacious gas oven in may parents' apartment in Ukraine. Actually, every Ukrainian household has that sort of oven. Otherwise, how would you spoil your family with cakes, pies, pizzas, ...read more »

Kherson in autumn – autumn in Kherson :) Photo memories of my home town

Kherson in autumn – autumn in Kherson :) Photo memories of my home town

What is autumn in India? It's the end of the monsoon, Ganpati festival and bright sunshine. What is autumn in Ukraine? It's the end of long summer holidays, beginning of a school year, shorter days, softer sunlight and burst of colors in nature. In autumn my home town - Kherson, is especially charming. Just like ...read more »