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post Oct 12 2009, 03:03 PM
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Do you know that
flowers.png In Ukraine (in Rahov), occupied by picturesque Carpathian mountains located geographical center of Europe.
flowers.png Golda Meir, mother of the State of Israel was born in Ukraine, in town Kiev, where she had been living for 8 years, after what she immigrated to US with her parents.
flowers.png Both the shortest, wide and picturesque - is Khreschatyk Street in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Its total length of 1225 meters.
What would you like to know about Ukraine?
What associations it evokes?
What may attract or instead disattract from the trip to Ukraine?
I am all ears to hear you opinion. clapping.gif



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post Oct 19 2009, 03:26 PM
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When I think of Ukraine, I think of those Ukrainian Easter eggs!


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post Oct 20 2009, 12:35 PM
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hahaha.
In some extend it's better then only borsch or just salo.

Do you know the roots of this traditions?


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post Oct 20 2009, 01:47 PM
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No, I don't actually, what is it?


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post Oct 20 2009, 03:01 PM
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The egg is a symbol of the nascent and renewing life.
One of the legends: after the death of Christ, seven Jews gathered for a feast. Among the dishes was fried chicken and boiled eggs. During the feast, one of the Jews, remembering crucifixion of Christ, told that Jesus would resurrected on the third day. Master of the house replied: "If the chicken on the table become alive, and the eggs become red, then he would resurrect. And in that moment the color of eggs changed and chicken become alive.
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There is a pagan notion of the egg as a symbol of birth, spring and renewal of nature. According to it egg yolk symbolizes spring sun, and the egg itself - liberation from the shackles of snow and the transition from nonexistence to existence. So the eggs were given as those symbols.
Also, there is quite domestic explanation of dyeing eggs. During the forty-day Lent it is
prohibited to eat eggs and during the Lent accumulated a huge number of eggs that can not be eaten immediately. To prevent them from spoiling, people started to boil the eggs, and not to be confused with not cooked, they were painted with natural dyes, such as onions, which gave them a dark red color. Over time, economic necessity has become a holiday ritual.


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post Oct 20 2009, 03:05 PM
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Ahhh the last one makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing.


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post Oct 21 2009, 12:49 AM
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I was glad to share smth. Ask me more!

we have a lot of interesting and fun tradition - for exemple divination on New Year's Eve or on Christmas
I love these:
1. Put 7 cups on a tray into each cup put one different ingredients: water, sugar, salt, money, keys, wine, ring. Cover the cups by anything, so that you can't see what's inside - and made your choise.
The next year expect:
If you choose the water - life in the coming year will be empty and fast;
sugar - life will be as sweet as sugar (if not saccharine);
salt - predicts tears or a trip to the sea (choose what likes more);
money - well, then I think everything is clear;
keys - the acquisition of everything that has the lock (apartment, car, garage, chastity belt, etc.);
wine - life in the coming year will be fun and loose;
ring - wait for the wedding.

2. "burn" all your troubles. Light a candle, and looking at the fire, mentally remember: who offended or deceived you, who said a bad word to you. And let all your troubles will be burned up into this fire.

3. Turn off the lights and light a candle. Take a small piece of paper rumple and squeeze it, then put it in the middle of a tray (made of iron or glass). Ignite the paper and wait until it burned up and starts to smolder. Now you need to take a tray with smoldering paper and slowly rotate so that the shadow of paper fell on the wall. Turn on your imagination, because the picture which shows a shadow on the wall - the events that occur in the next year.
! Attention! If you decide to try this, do everything very carefully - you can burn yourself or drop the burning paper.


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post Oct 21 2009, 09:04 AM
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I was in Ukraine many times. I like this country very much, especially, Ukrainian people. They are so hospitabel and so nice. I was in Kiev, but most of time I spend in Hmelnik. It is a small city near Vinnica. It is popular by its healt resorts. I adore this place flowers.png
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post Oct 21 2009, 10:30 AM
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Wow, that's really cool! I love that too... it's like a fortune telling thing.


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post Oct 21 2009, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE(marie1213 @ Oct 21 2009, 09:04 AM) *

I was in Ukraine many times. I like this country very much, especially, Ukrainian people. They are so hospitabel and so nice. I was in Kiev, but most of time I spend in Hmelnik. It is a small city near Vinnica. It is popular by its healt resorts. I adore this place flowers.png


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