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Happy Ukrainian New Year!

Happy Ukrainian New Year! As Ukrainian Christmas doesn’t happen until the 6th – 7th of January, New Year happens in the middle of the month.

Ukrainian-home-decor Christmas New Year preparations in Ukraine Ukrainian recipes

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Merry Christmas – again.

Today is Christmas Eve according to the old calendar, and tonight millions of people (including Ukrainians like me) celebrate with a twelve-dish dinner.

With the disaster surrounding us and a house full of smoke, this is going to be an odd one.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Canberra Australia Ukrainian Embroidery Ukrainian Culture Sonya Heaney 6th January 2018

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I’m not planning on watching Eurovision this year, but seeing as it’s Eurovision weekend (as well as election weekend in Australia!), here’s the best performance in the whole history of the competition: Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka in 2007.

The event took place in Helsinki, Finland that year, and I was actually in the cityi with my brother at the time. We are in the footage they broadcast from the city’s main square.

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The Hopak

Today is International Dance Day, so please enjoy this performance of the Hopak, the national dance of Ukraine. Most people have seen these steps, these big jumps, and these costumes, but few realise they’re Ukrainian (those baggy trousers and the headdresses with the ribbons are distinctive Ukrainian national clothes, and not worn by Russians). It’s what most people would probably call “Cossack dancing”.

The fact it’s from a telecast on Russia-1, a television station that now dishes up anti-Ukrainian Kremlin propaganda day in and day out, is not lost on me!

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Happy Ukrainian Christmas!

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Canberra Australia Ukrainian Embroidery Ukrainian Culture Sonya Heaney 6th January 2018

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07/01/2019 · 4:30 am

Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

We made ninety-five varenyky this afternoon, for Ukrainian Christmas Eve tomorrow. Here are some of them:

varenyky ukrainian christmas sonya heaney canberra australia 5th january 2019

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Four Years

Kyiv Ukraine Euromaidan Memorials Sonya Heaney May 2016

A memorial to the dead I photographed in 2016.

Today is the fourth anniversary of the end of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution. On the 20th of February, 2014 pro-Russian snipers took to the streets and shot and killed as many civilians as they could manage.


Snipers in the same spot the memorials are now.

The revolution resulted in overthrowing the corrupt, dictatorial oligarch in charge of the country, but he fled to Russia and paved the way for Putin’s invasion shortly afterwards.

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