Culture News Society, 06/01/2017

Kharkiv Celebrates Orthodox Christmas

Liturgies, Christmas fair and festive tram welcome Kharkivites and city guests on January 6 and 7.

Today Kharkivites and guests of the city celebrate Christmas Eve, and for two days 242 Orthodox churches in Kharkiv are holding public liturgies for Christmas.

About 150 thousand Kharkivites and city visitors are expected to attend the holiday events and about 1.3 thousand policemen and policewomen are to guard the city streets, according to the local police press-center.

A large Christmas fair opened near the Holy Intercession Monastery in Kharkiv which will be open until Sunday, January 8. Here you can find honey, tea, spice cakes and other food together with religious books, icons, jewelry, ceramics, church utensils from Kharkiv, Odesa, Chernihiv, Kherson and Dnipro.Though candles and incense are the main merchandise as it is believed that they help to get rid of curse and evil spell.

Also the unique Kharkiv Christmas tram will traditionally ride on January 7 from 16:00 until 21:00 with singing carols, telling stories, playing authentic Christmas music and handing over gifts. The participants usually come with their children wearing Ukrainian embroidered clothes and fancy dresses.

The tram organizers advised to register in advance, since the tram has room only for 40 passengers. It will run 4 times from the turning circle at the Pivdennyi (South) Station down to the Central City Park and back. This year another “wheel-less Christmas tram” will welcome visitors in a cafe in Poltavskyi Shliakh avenue with music, dancing, drinks and delicious treatment.

Kharkivites and city visitors will be welcome guests everywhere!