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"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

05.05.11 16:11

Multicultural New Year Celebrations

By: Інна Битюк

December 2010 till January 3, 2011 - CEI representatives participated in an international holiday celebration with others from Ukraine, Poland and Germany, sharing with each other their cultural traditions that celebrate Christmas and New Year holidays and special occasions.

Ukrainian project partners revealed that they celebrate New Year’s Eve before the Orthodox Christmas, which is January 7, by preparing kutia for friends and family and singing carols to them. The representatives from Poland shared the features of a Polish wedding. The representatives from Germany explained the historical nature of their traditions, which are often portrayed in cartoons and special imagery.

In addition to these activities, the project participants enjoyed taking part in Live-Action Role Playing (LARP) exercises, which added a special flavor to the extraordinary inter-ethnic New Year celebration.