A Vibrant History & Culture
Originally inhabited by Neanderthals, the progression of Ukraine's history and culture is quite unique. In its early days, the country was actually known as Kievan Rus and was the center of politics and culture in Eastern Europe. However, when the Mongols swept through, the reign of Kievan power dissipated. Over time, Ukraine became heavily influenced by nations in Western Europe, and was even absorbed into the Russian Empire. Today, this independent constitutional republic has survived the Russian Revolution, devastating famine, as well as the worst nuclear explosion ever recorded at Chernobyl. Such tragedies expose the resiliency and strength of these people and truly capture the essence of the culture. A religious nation, the three dominant faiths include Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Eastern Catholicism, and Roman Catholicism- exposing their pious nature (especially in times of distress). When it comes to tradition, holidays such as Vechornytsi (fall festival), Ivan Kupala Day, as well as Malanka encompass a variety of ritual dances, food, and dress. Some authentic cuisine includes kutia, a combination of groats, poppy seeds, honey, and sweet breads, as well as the Ukrainian staples: fish, cheese, and sausages. Additionally, one of the better-known traditions include psyanky, the brightly colored eggs covered in intricate designs that are placed around during Easter, a custom that has spread around the globe.
This colorful and unique ornament captures the essence of Ukraine and would make a perfect gift or addition to your own collection. Celebrate your heritage or remember a visit to this beautiful country.