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St. Nicholas, Sviatyij Mykolai, comes to Ukraine on December 19th in the Orthodox Julian calendar. The night is often called "Magic Night" or just St. Nicholas Day. It is seen as a universal children's festival. It is a happy day with visiting and sleigh rides. Schools have plays telling Nicholas stories and the saint visits local churches. Dressed as a Byzantine bishop, the good saint is often accompanied by angels. He quizzes children on their catechism before giving gifts. St. Nicholas Day is the main day for gift-giving, though gifts are also becoming associated with Christmas Day. Today many Ukrainian churches have St. Nicholas celebrations to help children understand that the holy man Nicholas came long before Santa Claus. In Lviv one hundred and fifty volunteers prepare gifts for thousands of less fortunate children across Ukraine through the St. Nicholas Travels Around Ukraine campaign. The effort, organized by the Ukrainian Catholic University along with other organizations, collects gifts, then selects and packages them for delivery on Mykolaya, December 19. The program began in 2000. St. Nicholas is the focus of seasonal charity in Kiev. The "Help St. Nicholas—Make a Child's Dream Come True" provides fifteen locations to collect toys, warm clothing, and books for children who are orphaned, in hospital, or from low-income families. Beginning on St. Nicholas Day, December 19th, the good saint has a house in Taras Shevchenko Park where children may attend free theatrical shows and receive a gift from St. Nicholas. The Great Lavra Bell Tower in Kiev is the site of St. Nicholas official residence. He personally greets guests every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 1st through December; he is also present on the 19th. Children of fallen soldiers are particularly welcomed on Decmeber 17th as part of the large-scale all-Ukrainian project Ukrainian People/ Ukrainian Kids. St. Nicholas history in Ukraine goes back to the 10th and 11th centuries. In churches, his icons are prominently placed on the iconostas, usually next to Jesus, the Mother of God, or the patron saint of the church. His icons were found also in nearly every home. In the mountains of western Ukraine where the Hutzels named the four seasons of the year after saints, winter honors St. Nicholas.

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December 18, 2017 Tags:



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