Cel­e­brat­ing Easter

Kyiv Post - - Entertainm­ent Listings -

You’ve got to learn the phrase “Je­sus has risen” and the proper re­sponse to it (“truly he has”) be­fore this week­end. This greet­ing is go­ing to hit you ev­ery­where as the Ortho­dox Easter ar­rives. This is prob­a­bly the big­gest Chris­tian hol­i­day in this part of the world, and 96 per­cent of Ukraini­ans are plan­ning to cel­e­brate res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ one way or an­other. There are four places we picked where you can join the fes­tiv­i­ties. The Kyiv Pech­ersk Lavra Monastery prom­ises that their cel­e­bra­tion will be the big­gest in Kyiv. It is host­ing an an­nual Easter char­ity fair though April 17, where you can buy huge os­trich egg pysankas (tra­di­tional painted eggs), in­clud­ing laserdec­o­rated ones. The pur­pose of the fair is to raise funds for chil­dren with can­cer. Kyi­van Rus me­dieval his­tory theme park, lo­cated 30 kilo­me­ters out of Kyiv, prom­ises plenty of folk arts mas­ter-classes. You will also get a chance to ride a horse, prac­tice throw­ing axes and knives, shoot­ing an ar­row, taste me­dieval dishes and drinks. Ma­mayeva Slo­boda eth­nic park in­vites you to take part in the night prayer in the Church of the In­ter­sec­tion of the Holy Vir­gin right on the ter­ri­tory of the park to bless your Easter bread and other dishes for the fes­tive ta­ble. You will also have chance to go up the bell tower and ring the church bells. Tra­di­tional folk fes­tiv­i­ties will be held in Pirogovo vil­lage where you will also have a chance to make clay pots on the pot­ter’s wheel, as well as ride a horse and taste tra­di­tional Ukrainian Easter dishes. Ma­mayeva Slo­boda. Mid­night – 1p.m. Hr 40. Free for kids un­der 7 Pirogovo vil­lage. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hr 20. Hr 10 for kids un­der 17. Hr 5 for kids un­der 10

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