Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pokrova Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy!!

"According to old tradition, Pokrova (lit. translated as Coverage, Protection) is celebrated on October 14 five weeks earlier than the American Thanksgiving holiday. After the popular calendar, October was the last month of autumn, especially in northern areas of Ukraine (and in Russia). This month symbolized a transition time between autumn and winter. The Pokrova holiday was regarded as the turning day, when the first gust of cold winter air reached the Ukrainian land.

The transition day from autumn to winter was regarded a Holiday of Holy God Mother and Virgin Maria. The faithful Ukrainians have always started this day in churches, and prayed: We, Orthodox people, are celebrating the joyful holiday, holified by your, God Mother, appearance. Raising our eyes to your wonderful pure icon, we pray for your protection: Cover us with your Cover of sincerity and purity; relieve us from evil, and let Jesus, your son, our God, save our souls.

Before Christianity, the pagans celebrated the same day with a traditional cult of memorializing their ancestors. They prayed for the souls of the dead and the happiness of their families; and they praised the harvest, for mid-October was the time when the field works were over."

(c) Irina Timchenko and Vadim Naboikin.

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Pokrova Church, Village Parhomivka, 1908 [featuring Ukrainian revival/modernist architectural style and mosaics by Nicholas Roerich], Kyiv Region, Ukraine. Future European Union.

Photo credit: (c) Embassy of Ukraine to Sweden. With thanks.


"Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, undoubtedly ranks among the most scenic places of Ukraine and the world - it has been recognized as one of the three best capitals of Europe (together with Oslo and Vienna) as to its greenery. Its suburbs are also splendid. Pushcha-Vodytsa belongs to one of these lovely places. There might be no other megapolis in the world that can offer its residents and visitors a nature oasis only in 20 kilometres off its centre. The picturesque dendroparks of Ukraine are also worth mentioning here - they can be referred to as masterpieces of landscape gardening art without any exaggeration: Sofiyivka Park, a pearl in the crown of world parks; Aleksandriya Park in the Kyiv region; parks of Kachanovka, Sokornitsy and Trostyanets in the land of Chernihivshchyna."



"The Seven Wonders of Ukraine"


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