Ukraine is a country which has its unique history, customs and traditions. Many holidays follow in December-January every year. On Saturday the 20th, there was a big event, Ukrainian Winter Fairy Tale, which took place in Nenagh Scout Hall.
Ukrainian winter is different from the Irish . Ukrainian winter it is a lot of snow, frosty weather and many traditional holidays which are widely celebrated. These traditions are passed from one generation to another. You could see a video with winter places of Ukraine and lots of photos of children in snow.
It was a headscarf dancing group as a Ukrainian headscarf is associated with many customs and ceremonies. The headscarf was considered a talisman – it protected a woman’s hair from the evil eye.
On the eve of Saint Nicholas day, children reflect on their behaviour during the year past, because those who have been good will find a present from Saint Nicholas under their pillow in the morning. Also, it was a real miracle of the show -Yeva Voskoboinykova, a young circus acrobat.
Guests at the Scouts Hall could welcome the performance of a participant, and prize winner, of many Ukrainian and international competitions from ballroom dance, Kira Lialchenko,
Lev Rybtsov, with New Year resolutions, singer Anna Avdeieva and Irish musicians brothers Colly who sang a Ukrainian song. Very bright Songs of Carrol were the brightest show of Nenagh Ukrainian Community. They showed how children and adults go from house to house chanting the birth of the Child Christ. They hold the Star of Bethlehem in their hands.
The whole hall sang sons together with actors. It was a feeling of Unity and Friendship. Kilkenny Group of singers was invited to perform their Winter Show and we could see the Voice Band Women’s Choir and Talent Team Teenagers USA .
There were craft exhibitions which presented the works of the Ukrainian-Irish Integration Group. After the show everybody could taste delicious Ukrainian pies and cakes.
It was an unbelievable event! And a great job done by Olena Arkhanhelska Ukrainian refugee support worker), Inna Varytska (Ukrainian Project Administrator) and Hanna Ivanova (SICAP NTDC volunteer), NTDC staff and Irish Red Cross representatives.