On The Road to Nikolaev....
                      "Life is an Adventure, Live it!....
On the Road to Nikolaev

Ukrainian Women and TEN things you should know about Meeting Online... by Billgreen54 Nikolaev Ukraine

There are many things you need  to know regarding developing a
relationship with a real, honest  Ukrainian woman.

Here are Ten......

Never, Never open a letter sent to you first if you are communicating with a woman overseas through a paid website.

Never go to meet a woman in a foreign country before you have communicated with her in at least five different ways.

Never meet a woman in a foreign country at night for the first time after 10 pm.

Never meet a woman with a marriage agency interpreter without bringing your own independent interpreter with you.

Never show photos of your home, car, etc. to a woman you are meeting for the first time.

Never allow an interpreter to order food or alcohol when you meet with your new friend for the first time.

Never drink alcohol or tell jokes during your first meeting if the woman you have come to meet doesn't speak perfect English.

Never give an expensive electronic gift of any kind to a woman you have met during your first visit.

Never take a woman shopping for clothes, shoes, cosmetics or perfumes at the advice of an interpreter.

Never send a gift of any kind or pay for English lessons through any paid website or marriage agency.

These are just a few of the common mistakes a man makes before and during his first visit while meeting a woman in Ukraine.

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Meeting a Ukrainian Woman Online by Billgreen54

Hi John,

Thanks for writing.

I try to find a few minutes each week to post a few thoughts. I am glad you found some useful information. Be sure to contact me just before you make it to Nikolaev so we can schedule an interpreter for you. We charge just $10 an hour.

Your story sounds similar to mine starting out six years ago, however, one of the things I have learned from my experience is to never open and answer a letter sent to me first. Your situation is a little different.

Leaving a paid website can have a little of the good, bad and ugly. When you are using an international dating website, there are some protections you might want to know about.

First, all girls (even professional chatters and letter writers) get paid to chat with men everyday. They also use other ladies profiles without web-cam to chat and make money for herself, the agency and the website on many more than just one website.

Second, all ladies who use reputable paid websites, sign a contract. It says many things, including that a woman will never ask for money or gifts. If she does, I have known many men who have received massive refunds and credits.

Of course, there is a lot more to this, just remember that once you communicate outside an agency and paid web site, you are on your own with no recourse if something goes sour. Personally, I would NEVER COMMUNICATE with any woman outside an agency and paid website before we have met at least once face to face.

You stated that she speaks no English. Why is that? What foreign language did she study at school? Have you asked her? All citizens of Ukraine are required to study at least one foreign language. Eighty percent study English.

You are obviously new to dating overseas. All girls who are sent a gift through a paid website or marriage agency, rarely take the gift. They always take the cash. The odds are, the photos you looked at are stock photos. Pick a color... any color and there you go.


Only purchase gifts through reputable companies, but never an agency. Half of the time, a girl is never even told she has been sent a gift. The agencies often forget and the gift is never delivered unless the lady asked.... WHAT HAPPENED!

If she says she doesn't speak English, you need to find out if she is interested in taking English lessons. If she is willing, that is often a good thing. However, never pay her directly or through an agency or paid web site. This is not a request that she comes to our school. You can have her go anywhere. It just makes send not to send money to someone you don't know and have never met face to face.

You said you are using Skype every three weeks. Why is that? If you two are serious, why not speak with each other everyday? Even if she doesn't speak English (which I seriously doubt) both of you will have a lot of fun. It's not about the fact that you are speaking English, it's more about the fact that you have taken the time to meet with her.

Remember that people communicate many different ways. Only half or less of human communication is done with language.

The age difference is fine. Normally, I no longer have the time to reply in such detail. I wanted to take a little extra time today in the hopes that others will benefit from your search for true love and benefit from a few of my thoughts.

Remember that education is key to increasing the odds of finding that needle in a haystack. If you are interested in a private consultation, let me know at I do charge a fee.

Trust and honesty must be earned by time actions and deeds only after two people have met face to face and have spent time together. Ninety nine percent of all men who travel overseas to meet a Ukrainian woman with the hopes of building a lifelong loving relationship FAIL miserably. They fail to see what's usually staring them right in the face.

Also, International dating is just like playing rugby when the sport was first created. Unless you are both playing by the same rules, one is sure to lose the game and there will be more disagreements than you could possibly count. Searching for love isn't a game, but dishonest ladies look at it exactly like that. A GAME WITH SPECIAL RULES.....

Just remember to keep your wallet closed and your eyes wide open.

"Life is an Adventure, Live it!"

Nikolaev Ukraine

On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 1:21 AM, John wrote:


I have been reading your website for about 4 hours now and have found a lot of good information. I do have a request for services, but I want to also give you the story of why I would like to use your translator service!

Well I am a 40 year old man and not bad looking with a good job, but I have found that the women in the US have lost all traditional values among other things. Well I am newly divorced but was separated for a very long time and wanted to get back into dating and was not looking for women more than 50 miles from where I live! I joined several dating sites with no luck and in that time I found that a lot of women from outside of the USA use locations from the US as there home listing on dating sites, Please let your readers be aware of this! Well in my search I got contacted by one of my match's (Not on Match dot com) and she is from Nikolaev Ukraine, I didn't think much of it and did a short reply about her being real! Well after about a month of emailing though the dating site we decided to see where things could go between us. So we closed our dating sites to see where things will go!

I want remind your readers that education is the key to being safe when talking to and dating girls from out of the country. During our time on the dating site I started to research all I could about dating outside of the USA and starting to learn as much as I could about the Ukraine culture! I do not speak Russian and she speaks no English, but I am taking Russian courses! I have only made a few small mistakes in communicating with her but only because I educated myself before hand! If I would have not done my home work I would have made some big mistakes and I may not be writing this today! We are now in a committed relationship on-line which takes a level of trust that I can not even describe! I even sent her a camera (yes a gift over $20) and said it was ours not hers so she could take pictures of her life to share with me! I have also sent her flowers the first time was on Women's day this year and one rose last week. Now when you use a service to send gifts let your readers know that the easiest way to prove who you are talking to, is to have the gift delivered with picture or video taken on delivery! This was the proof that I got to know who I was talking to, just to protect myself. We also Skype about every three weeks, so I know who I am talking to and am going to meet.

Things have been going really well and I believe that good things can come form this relationship, and I feel she feels the same way. We do have an age difference, she is 28 and I am 40, but my rule of thumb is this ((AGE/2)+7) which may not work for everyone but it does work well from age 21 and up! Well through our communications we started to talk about me going to visit her, and after some research on cost she actually encourage me to not come, as to not spend the money! I explained to her that the cost of dating a woman in the USA would add up to the trip cost over time so the cost didn't bother me! She was OK with this and we set up a time frame that works best for her and her work! She is a Nurse in a state hospital in Nikolaev. Well I now have the plane tickets in hand and will be visiting for 9 days in August! Wish us luck, because I feel it will be and adventure!

So I will be arriving to my apartment on August 12th 2012 and would like to have a translator for a good part of the day on August 13th 2012 as long as her day off stays a day off, but you know how it goes with hours and state hospitals! I feel it would be a good thing for the first meet and just to spend time getting to know one another looking around the city! IF all goes well then to dinner with the interpreter as well. I do have an Iphone and have a really great app that I feel will be perfect for the rest of my time there! We are only planning one night out and the other times we will be cooking in and by weeks end if she feels the same as she does now a dinner at her Granny's house and one at her brothers house. I also would like to visit your school on the main street while there and in the future may look to other services offered by you for her! I am a Information Technology manager so who knows I may not want to leave and get a job there!

Thank You


A Few Questions and The First Meeting by Billgreen54

A few questions from John and my response.  Enjoy!

Hi Bill!

I have been coresponding with a lady from Nikolaev for some month now.

She seems honest and sincere and things that have caused confusion and doubts we have been able to work out and talked over. We have only written EMF mails translated to her. Never talked, never chatted, no video and so on. Only written and exchanged photos. I have many photos of her and her daugther and dog.

When I asked for her mail address for some weeks ago she told me that her english is good enough when she is talking. But written she don´t belive it´s good enough. In her last mail she invited me to Nikolaev.

This brings me to ask you some questions Bill.

1. How shall I find out if her english i "good enough" for us to have a conversation that make sense? You recommend above to have a interpreter in the first meeting. She has a master. Could it be that we manage to meet just the two of us?
2. Can I ask her to meet me at odessa airport? What do you think about me having a friend with me? A guy though... : )
3. Can I ask her about tips about places to live and stay?
4. Shall I ask her about better periods to visit or shall I just book my trip and tell her?

Will be greatful for answers!

All the best!

Hi John,

Remember that communicating with a woman long distance should be done in stages. First,. letters for a few weeks, maybe a little longer. If she seems sincere and interested in you, ask her if she would allow you to have her contact information. If you are using a website that allows both of you to exchange contact information, she should have no problem giving you her personal email and phone number. Once you have her phone number, call her. If she actually answers her phone, that's a good thing. You could also send her text messages often. Depending on what carrier she is using, often you can send text messages completely free. There are many ways to communicate including Skype.

If you are communicating with her and have never seen her on a web cam, the odds are that she doesn't exist. You should never chat with a woman without looking at her for one minute on a web cam. If she is telling you that she doesn't have a web cam, that's a red flag.

Most women who chat with men on paid web sites who claim that they don't have a web cam, are lying. Be very careful.

If she is claiming that she can't give you her personal Email address to communicate with you because her English is poor, she is most likely not telling the truth. She can always write in Russian and translate it into English. You have to learn how to translate the translation. That is never a problem for anyone with an open mind.

Never believe anything in a photo, including photos of gifts and flowers. Most of the time, they are stock photos.


Never send money to any woman you have never met for any reason, including gifts or English lessons. If she is real, she won't be asking you for anything. She will just want to get to know you.

Meeting for the first time at an airport or in the city she lives in is a matter of what you both agree on. However, if she wants to bring a friend or interpreter from the agency, that is okay as long as you you keep your first meeting to no more than two hours. Be cautious of any woman or interpreter that suggests that you eat an expensive meal or drink any kind of alcohol during your first meeting. A real woman would never ask you to drink alcohol during your first meeting. If she is serious, she won't be hungry the first time you meet. She will be nervous, just like you.

If during your first meeting, both of you sense a little chemistry, she will have no problem meeting you without bringing a friend or interpreter along. If she suggests that she must have an interpreter for every meeting. Tell her goodbye. You should invest in an electronic translator. If she is honest and sincere, she will just want to get to know you for who you are. Communication between two people is easy with the right attitude. She says, her English is good, so that shouldn't be a problem.

If you need to bring a friend with you, obviously, she should do the same. Personally, I would think twice about bringing a friend.

You should ask her anything you would like regarding where to eat, stay and visit while you are here.

You should always arrange your first meeting and travel plans with the woman you are coming to meet. She will need time to arrange time off from work and spend time with you. Do not just tell her that you have booked a trip. She needs to be a part of your travel plans so you two can spend time together.

Just remember to keep your eyes wide open and your wallet closed and don't be in a hurry.

Since she lives in Nikolaev, ask her if she would like to come by our school. She can meet with our manager and learn about our school and many of the free services we offer here, including English Club every Saturday at 10. If she would like to know more about our school and see how we teach, she can visit any of our groups lessons completely free. She can also take an English test completely free by going to our web site at []

Good luck with your life adventure.

If you have further questions or would like a personal consultation, you can also contact me at

The First Meeting by Billgreen54....

For the Man……..Thoughts and Perspectives…….

The first time you actually come and meet a lady in a foreign land, what should you plan for?. What should you expect? How should you act? What should you say? How do you speak to her in another language? Should you meet her alone or with a friend or interpreter? Should I show her photos of my stuff? Should I give her an expensive gift? What should we do together at the first meeting? What kind of flowers would she like? The first time we meet, should we kiss, shake hands or hug? And last…… Confusing emotions and feelings with words before we meet face to face…….. There are too many subjects to try and cover here including culture, table manners, superstitions, drinking alcohol, which hand to toast with and why, who should pour, what not to do, meeting her family, offensive statements, joking, teasing and more. Be very careful in these areas of conduct, they can cause a great deal of misunderstanding and more.

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Knowledge Builds Strength and Confidence…….
There are many questions and uncertainties the very first time you meet any woman face to face, but that first hello with a woman born and raised in Ukraine will truly be a life experience you won’t forget. Here is this pretty girl who you’ve written to, spoke to on the phone, chatted with, watched each other on video, sent text messages and more……… Finally, you found the time and reason to come and visit a woman in a foreign land. For the men who are doing this for this first time, it can be a real Life Adventure! But, like anything else that we do in life, there are a few details to know beforehand to help make our adventure a success. Empower yourself with knowledge and you will know anything in life is possible……..

Establishing Honesty in Not An Option…….

As in any relationship, personal or business, a foundation of honesty needs to be established. This applies to both men and women. If you’re communicating with a woman over the Internet living just down the street or around the world, determining a persons honesty is just about impossible. Trust and honesty is earned by actions and deeds with a great deal of time. Sometimes years, sometimes minutes. Communicating on the Internet with trust takes a gigantic leap of faith in the person you are communicating with. It’s the same for the first meeting and the days that follow for both of you. The need to establish honesty and trust is not an option, it’s the difference between success and failure in everything we do.

Our First Meeting Four and a Half Years Ago…….
The thoughts you are about to read are from my experiences in life spanning 58 years. I will also share the experiences of many others who write me daily and meet us in person in Nikolaev, Ukraine. It was five and a half years ago when I decided to begin searching for the woman of my dreams; thank God she found me! Her name is Larisa. We live life to the fullest while we enjoy each day together teaching English and helping friends around the world. After we met on the Internet and communicated for 4 months, we met face to face at the Odessa airport in April, 2007. I remember that first meeting like it was minutes ago. If I could go back in time, I would only wish that I knew then what I know today.

Conversation is Ask, Answer and Ask…….
The first time you meet face to face, just be yourself. Don’t worry about anything but what you want to say. Keep it simple and plan to just find a level of comfort as you both make eye contact and get to know each other. The lady you are coming to meet will be nervous, just like you. She will be just as concerned, worried and nervous as you. That’s a good thing. Try to stay away from subjects that are too complicated. Save that for another day. Think about subjects you both have in common. Ask, answer and ask. I teach conversation skills everyday to students learning English. As you ask and she answers, listen to her answers and choose a few key word subjects. Again, ask, answer and ask. It’s also a good idea to write yourself a few thoughts about what you might discuss. Subjects like the movies, food, travel and jobs are probably something you discussed or wrote about before you met in person. Ask about things to do in her city. What are the sights she has never had the chance to see or visit?

Now the Clock Starts Over……
Be very aware of physical contact and her reaction. You two have just met for the first time and even simple things like holding hands might feel awkward. Remember that getting to know someone takes time. It’s possible to have that chemistry from the very beginning, but the odds are that real chemistry will not materialize the first day or two. You will both be getting to know each other little by little. Don’t be in a hurry to prove anything. The first few days is a time for both of you to get to learn each other. The fact that you both met and communicated long distance might mean very little when you actually meet in person. Communicating from a distance is a way to get to know some things about each other, but it’s impossible to actually get to know the other as a person until you meet face to face and spend time together. The reality is that when two people meet in person even after communicating long distance for months, THE CLOCK STARTS OVER!

Language Difference, It’s not that tough……
Language difference can be a hindrance or a good thing. Look at it like the glass is halfway full instead of halfway empty. Consider the fact that many couples who speak the same language can’t communicate and struggle to find common ground daily. Consider that most divorces begin and end with poor communication. Sharing your thoughts, feelings and more with a woman who speaks another language, can be a real life adventure if you let it. Larisa and I didn’t speak the same language when we first met. We both decided to learn each others language although Larisa is way ahead of me on that one. Trust me, learning Russian will be the second toughest thing you will ever do. We have never used an Interpreter. From the start, Larisa and I agreed that we would use an Electronic Translator to help us communicate. There is a lot more to this. Just remember that it takes two to Tango and two to have a conversation that makes sense. Take one step at a time and you will soon speathe same language.

Meeting for the First Time……
Meeting face to face for the very first time should be done with an Interpreter or a friend of the lady you are meeting. This is for many reasons. Just remember that after the first meeting, both of you can decide to meet alone or with help. If you meet alone, it’s a good idea to use an Electronic Translator and have a phone handy to contact a friend just in case something needs clarification. If you do need an Interpreter, just remember to speak directly to the lady you came to meet, not directly to the Interpreter. Many men and women make the mistake of speaking to the Interpreter and telling her to tell the other what I said sort of routine. A good Interpreter will give you instructions before you have too much to say and translate exactly what you are trying to say. There are occasions where the Interpreter will offer advice to you. This is OK as long as it is limited in time and scope.

Photos and The First Gift……
Meeting a woman for the first time will give you both plenty to discuss. Leave the photos at home or your hotel room. A real woman will just want to get to know you for who you are, not what you own. Showing off your home and automobiles will often send a mixed signal to the lady. She might think you are bragging or trying to convince her that you have stuff that she might like instead of just liking you. Often, a woman can be resentful and feel inferior to you because you have a lot of things that she doesn’t. If you decide to show her your stuff anyway, do it later down the road and definitely, not the first time you meet. Gifts should always be simple and inexpensive. A gift with a maximum value of about ten dollars like a souvenir from home, possibly a pair of earrings should do the trick. It’s not what you gave her, it’s the fact that you remembered her.

Flowers and A Box of Chocolates……
Giving her flowers and a box of chocolates is also a great way to show you care for that first meeting. Remember that a simple box of chocolates from your hometown will most likely be something new to her. Flowers can also be a nice way to say hello for the first time. Any flowers would be nice, but roses are usually the flowers of choice. Three or five would be a good number to start with, red or pink is fine. Remember to always give odd numbers. Even numbered bouquets symbolize death or a funeral. One red rose is fine after you have met a few times and you both know there is chemistry between you. One red rose symbolizes love, so only give her one rose if you are sure she is the one.

Pleased to meet you……
Meeting for the first time should be respectful and sincere. In most cases, a simple handshake and hello is the best way to introduce yourself for the first time. Do not over do it by insisting on a kiss or hug the very first time. If you’ve communicated for some time before you met her face to face, often a person can have feelings or emotions that somehow seem real. This can be the first indication that you are one of the lucky ones or your sixth sense just kicked in. It’s best to reserve any emotions or feelings that you might have. Take it slow and if both of you make it past the first meeting, anything is possible.

PenPals Interpreter Code of Ethics

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Please review our written Code of Ethics.

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-While employed as a professional paid language interpreter each PenPals Interpreter shall provide accurate and honest translation.

-All interpreters shall conduct themselves with the highest integrity and be honest with all parties involved.

-The literal and commonly spoken translation shall be provided to convey the “true intent” and actual meaning between the parties by our well trained and knowledgeable interpreters.

-Our translation services from one language to another will be carefully and expertly phrased so as to best share the message being spoken.

-The paid services of our professional interpreters providing speedy and accurate translation are billed on an hourly basis. There is a one hour minimum charge without exception.

-PenPals Services prohibits any interpreter providing translation services from soliciting or partaking of food while conducting interpretation services unless it is offered by the client.

-Interpreters are expressly prohibited from consuming any type of alcoholic beverages or suggesting them to the client.

-No interpreter shall make suggestions that gifts be given or share in such items without the client initiating and requesting such purchases.

-Since our translation services are paid on an hourly basis all interpreters will be prompt, timely and punctual in dealing with our valued client’s time.

-Our professional interpreters will never share money received for translation services with the person our client meets.

-PenPals interpreters will not suggest or recommend activities, excursions or destinations that are not the express wishes communicated by our client.

Ukrainian Observed Holidays

Ukrainian Holidays and Culture....

State Holidays
January 1st - New Year's Day
January 7th - Orthodox Christmas
March 8th - International Women’s Day
April - May - Orthodox Easter
50 days after Easter - Holy Trinity Day
May 1st & 2nd - Labor (May) Day
May 9th - Victory Day
June 28th - Constitution Day
August 24th - Independence Day

Other Holidays
January 22nd - Ukrainian Unity Day (Den Sobornosti)
January 24th - Old Calendar New Year
January 25th - "Students Day" otherwise known as "Tatyana's Day"
February 14th - St. Valentine's Day
February 23rd - Men's Day (formerly known as The Soviet Army Day)
April 1st - Fool Day (the Day of laughter)
May 13th - Mother’s Day
Third weekend of May - Europe Day
Last Sunday of May - Kiev Day Kiev (Kyiv)
June 1st - International Child Protection Day
June 5th – World Environmental Protection Day
June 6th - Ivan Kupala Day
June 6th - Day of Journalists
June 20th (Third Sunday of June) - Day of Medical Workers
June 22nd - Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War
June 24th - Youth Day
Last Friday of June - Graduation Day
August 1st (first Sunday of August) - Navy Day
September 1st - The Day of Knowledge
September 27th – World Tourism Day
October 5th - Teacher's Day
October 8th - Lawyer's Day
December 6th - Ukrainian Army Day
December 19th - St. Nicolas Day
December 25th - Christmas

Ukrainians love their numerous holidays and like to "celebrate" those holidays in grandiose fashion. It's not uncommon for westerners to be surprised at just how many holidays they observe and the amount of fireworks and fun that goes along with them. Ukraine's history that included Paganism and later Christianity can be attributed to the evolution of many of its current holidays and celebrations.

State Holidays (banks are closed)

1 January - New Year's Day

It is one of the favorite holidays in Ukraine. As in Western countries on Christmas Eve, Ukrainians give "New Year" presents. Children receive their presents under the New Year Tree on the morning of the 1st of January. Traditionally, just prior to midnight there's a Presidential speech broadcast nationally. When the clock strikes midnight, people pop open their champagne bottles and raise a toast. With the first glass they congratulate each other as the clock strikes 12 times and fireworks fill the sky. The week before the New Year is a busy one with shopping, parties at work, decorating pine and fir-trees, and cooking the most delicious meals. The main folk heroes of this holiday are Father Frost (Did Moroz) and his grand-daughter "Sniguron'ka" (The Snow Girl). The tradition of predicting fortunes on this night is very popular among young people.

One tradition includes writing down on a piece of paper your wish for the coming year, then dropping it in to your champagne and drinking it as the clock strikes twelve times. Another "fun" folk tradition practiced mainly in the villages on New Years night is for the unmarried girls to go outside and throw one of their boots over the Hosts' fence. Whichever way the toe of the boot ends up pointing indicates where the future husband will come from.
Nearly all businesses remain closed from December 31st to January 8th.

7 January - Orthodox Christmas

The period from the 7th until the 14th of January is Saint Christmas week. During this week people go from one house to another, singing songs and wishing good wishes to health, prosperity, etc. and just having a good time. Most usually are dressed in folksy or carnival type costumes. This is called "Kolyaduvannya" and "Schedruvannya". The songs are called "kolyadky" and "schedrivky". When somebody is singing these songs and greeting you, as a rule you should give them sweets or food or drinks or whatever you have as a token of appreciation. It is believed that everything that the people have sung in their Kolyadka and Schedrivka will come true.

Also during the new year holidays, up to the 14th of January it is common for kids (and sometimes adults-in the villages) to go from one house to another wishing the owner of the house new year wishes, new happiness, health, etc. All those wishes are usually said in rhymes and with the spreading of seeds, such as wheat or other grains. This shows a wish of prosperity for the house. This practice is called "Posivannya". Some token, usually food, drink, sweets, or money, is usually given in return.

8 March - International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is considered the first Spring Holiday in Ukraine. It is an official day off as both men and women look forward to this holiday. It originated as a day of fighting for women's rights, when on the 8th of March 1897 women (workers of sewing and shoe factories) gathered in New York demanding 10 hour working days, light and dry work places and equal salaries with men. In 1910 at the International Conference of Women Socialists in Copenhagen, Clara Tsetkin proposed celebrating the International Women's day on March, 8th which sounded an appeal to all women of the world to join in the struggle for equality.

The International Women's day on March, 8th has been a State Holiday of the Former Soviet Union since the countries inception. Beginning in 1965 it was recognized as an official day off. The holiday enjoyed vast celebratory rituals, including public meetings involving officials at various levels of government in an attempt to report the governments efforts in supporting Women's Rights and issues concerning them.

Gradually International Women's day became less political and more personal. After disintegration of the Soviet Union , March, 8th has remained on the list of State Holidays in nearly all of the CIS countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia as the "International Women's Day". In Uzbekistan it is referred to as the " Day of Mother".

In Armenia it is celebrated on April, 7th as the "Day of Motherhood and Beauty". Currently in the CIS it is also thought of as the "Day of Spring" and the "Day of all Women", mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and girlfriends. Unlike Mother's Day "every" woman expects to receive flowers and gifts. After disintegration of the Soviet Union , March, 8th has remained on the list of State Holidays in nearly all of the CIS countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia as the "International Women's Day". In Uzbekistan it is referred to as the " Day of Mother". In Armenia it is celebrated on April, 7th as the "Day of Motherhood and Beauty". Currently in the CIS it is also thought of as the "Day of Spring" and the "Day of all Women", mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and girlfriends. Unlike Mother's Day "every" woman expects to receive flowers and gifts.

April - May - Orthodox Easter

Two weeks following the Catholic Easter Holiday is the main Christian Orthodox Holiday established to honor the Resurrection of Jesus Christ following his Crucifixion on the cross and to the coming out of the Jews from Egypt. The date of Easter is usually determined by the Church calendar and calculated according to the so-called "Paskhalias" (the name for the "special tables".) Before and during Easter Ukrainians buy or bake Easter cakes (biscuits with raisins),and hand paint eggs widely known as Pysanka. It is a very important holiday. On Easter night people go to their local church, spending the entire night in Church services! Usually they take with them Easter cakes, painted eggs, and bottles of wine. In the morning (about 4 am) the service concludes with the clergyman sprinkling all food with sacred water which is believed to give strong healing powers. At this time people return home to continue the celebration with food and drink throughout the the day. The traditional greeting on this day is: "Khrystos Voskres!" (Christ is arisen) and the answer "Voyistynu Voskres!" (Truly arisen) followed with kisses and the exchanging of gifts.

50 days after Easter - Holy Trinity Day (Svyata Troyitsya)(or "Green Sunday"

This holiday is dedicated to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ (Easter). This event gave rise to Christianity. The meaning of the Holy Trinity is thus: God the Father laid the basis for the church in the Old Testament, the Son brought its meaning into words, and the Spirit acts within it. On this holiday people decorate their houses and apartments with Calamus (an herb) and assorted green branches.

This tradition comes from ancient Judaism, in which the Pentecost, the Feast of Harvest, was celebrated outside amongst flourishing Nature. On Holy Trinity Day people go to a cemetery to visit the tombs of relatives and friends who have passed away. In this holiday has emerged the custom of leaving food on the burial tombs of loved ones though no one claims it's significance or relevance to Christianity.

Traditionally people leave some vodka or other alcohol and something to eat along with it, such as a piece of bread or candy. It is considered a good sign to find that the food and drinks have disappeared upon your next trip to the cemetery! Holy Trinity Day is a very important religious holiday in Ukraine.

1 - 2 May - Labor (May) Day

The 1st of May historically has been the traditional holiday of Spring. During the Industrialization of the Nineteenth Century, it became an International Day of Solidarity for workers of all countries.
The 1st of May began to be widely celebrated with various groups of workers joining together and paying tribute to the memory of victims of oppression and for the rights of all oppressed workers irrespective of their nationality, sex, age and/or profession. In it's convention of 1888 the "American Federation of Labour" declared, that May the1st should become a day for the active struggle of workers for the eight-hour work day.

Strikes and Demonstrations were held worldwide. Later, in the former Soviet Union, this holiday was widely and actively celebrated with huge parades and political speeches on Red Square in Moscow and in all other cities.

All workers of the Soviet Union including university and school students, were obligated to attend the parades, bringing flowers, balloons and posters. Non compliance was met with severe persecution.

Now in many of the CIS countries, including Ukraine, you can still find some political gathering to celebrate May Day. At this time however, this holiday has become a celebration as the day of triumph for "Nature", from which is a full bloom with birds' singing, trees budding, and multicolored flowers painting the countryside. In this celebration people look forward to warm weather and the joys of summer.

9 May — Victory Day

This is a holiday of both joy and sorrow. A great tribute is bestowed to those who gave their lives during World War II resulting in today's peace and happiness. The eternal memory of those lost will last forever throughout the generations. Veterans gather together remembering those who perished. Every city has an area on this holiday in which people gather called "The Eternal Fire". In Kiev it is located near the famous WWII museum and the "Motherland" Statue and Monument.

28 June - Constitution Day

On this day in 1998 the Constitution of Independent Ukraine was adopted. Fireworks and various concerts and musical events are common throughout the country.

24 August - Independence Day

Independence Day is Ukraine's largest State holiday, which commemorates the adoption in 1990 of the "Declaration of Sovereignty" of Ukraine. Impressive fireworks displays and noteworthy concerts throughout the capital Kyiv and the rest of the country.

NOTE: If any of the above official holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday, it is customary for the following Monday to be an official public holiday also. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine may also transfer Monday or Friday "work days" to the preceding or following Saturday ONLY if any of the above holidays fall on the corresponding Tuesday or Thursday.

Other Holidays

14 January - Old Calendar New Year

Old Calendar New Year celebrated as a family holiday. See more above under 7 January - Orthodox Christmas.

22 January - Ukrainian Unity Day (Den Sobornosti)

Ukrainian Unity Day (Den Sobornosti) is an important historical event in Ukraine. It goes back to the date when Eastern and Western Ukraine were united. On this day in 1919 the "Treaty of Unity" between Ukrainians was signed and the unity of all Ukrainian lands previously belonging to the Russian Empire (UNR) and the Austro-Hungarian Empire was solemnly proclaimed on Sofijivska Square in Kyiv. "Den Sobornosti" is the symbol of territorial and spiritual unity of Ukraine as a unified sovereign state.

25 January - "Students Day" otherwise known as "Tatyana's Day"

Tatyana's Day is a pleasant and upbeat holiday highlighting the best, brightest, and most carefree years in the life of every student. On this day, all former classmates tend to grow nostalgic, and recall their fellow students, Deans and Principals as well as recalling memorable student years. The holiday's origin goes far back into history.

On the 12th of January according to the Old Calendar (Jan 25 New Calendar) in 1775, being the day of "Maiden Tatyana the Martyr", Empress Elisabeth Petrovna signed the regulation "Concerning the foundation of Moscow University." This project was developed by the famous Russian Scientist Mikhail Lomonosov and later continued by Ivan Shuvalov.

Shuvalov chose this day to sign the regulation not by accident. as he desired to present it as a gift to his mother Tatiana Petrovna on her Name Day. "I am giving you a University", said Shuvalov. On Easter, 1791 the "Church of Tatyana the Martyr" was opened. Later, Nikolay " I" disposed in his Decree to celebrate, not the opening of the University, but the signing of the regulation regarding its foundation. On this holiday all kinds of distinctions -of age and class, grades and ranks, were cancelled, Rich and poor were equalized - All felt themselves as fellow citizens of the" Scientific Republic ”. On this holiday the kitchen was preparing for the students cold snacks along with vodka, cheap wine, and beer. You could find seated at the table favourite professors, popular journalists, students, lawyers, and administrative figures. Vladimir Giljarovsky, describing Tatyana's day, truthfully recalls the popularity of a rhyme “"Pyana - Tatyana” which translated means "Drunken Tatyana". Yes, it was a loose, and at times a disgracefully loose holiday. So, thanks to the love of Mother by an omnipotent favorite of Shuvalov, and the decree of emperor Nikolay "I", Sacred Martyress Tatyana has turned into a "Patroness" of the students, and the day of her commemoration turned into a reckless revelry. Nowadays, on this winter day we congratulate students of all generations. With feelings of gratitude we recollect the teachers who opened the Temple of Sciences for us. Even though this holiday is considered more of a Russian holiday, students in Ukraine are celebrating it also as a youth holiday, for all of those who keep the fire of creativity in their souls, with a thirst for knowledge, search and discovery.

14 February - St. Valentine's Day
St. Valentine's Day inherited from Western culture, is now very popular in Ukraine.

23 February - Men's Day (formerly known as The Soviet Army Day)

It is a tribute of respect to all the generations of Soviet soldiers and military people who defended courageously our Motherland from invaders. All men ,including boys, receive heart-felt greetings and gifts. Now, this holiday is considered as an opposite to Women's Day on the 8th of March, as all men get an opportunity to have their own holiday as well So, women have an opportunity to say the warmest and sweetest words to the men they love and to flatter them with attention.

1 April - Fool Day (the Day of laughter)

This holiday is celebrated everywhere in Ukraine with people attempting to get the best of each other through trickery and jokes. But nowhere is this holiday taken more seriously than in Ukraine's port city of Odessa where an impressive and light hearted parade is held annually to celebrate both April Fools Day as well as Odessa itself as the "Humor Capital" of the CIS.

13 May - Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day when Ukrainians express their love, respect, and appreciation to their Mothers.

Third weekend of May - Europe Day

On this weekend, Ukraine celebrates a day to show unity, respect and an opportunity to magnify the public will and determination to join the Union of European Nations. This holiday weekend is a major cultural event. The Central Squares of Kiev and other large cities of Ukraine host concerts, performances and shows highlighting European musicians, artists, along with European cuisine as well.

Last Sunday of May - Kiev Day Kiev (Kyiv)

Last Sunday of May - Kiev Day Kiev (Kyiv) - the beautiful capital of Ukraine celebrates her day. This is a time when chestnut trees - the symbolic tree of Kiev - are in full bloom and sporting their wonderfully eloquent "white candles". Spring is a great time to visit Ukraine's Capital Kiev and see it with your own eyes.

1 June - International Child Protection Day

Children are the future of the mankind. And this day is their day. Kids right for life and dignity must be respected and defended. What is sunnier, joyful, and memorable than the childhood? A child gets to know the world with the help of adults, learns and finds out new interesting things. A child is happy when he is loved, warmed fed and understood. A lot of different concerts, shows and games are held on this day.

5 June – World Environmental Protection Day

6 June - Ivan Kupala Day

Ivan Kupala Day is one of the great and enigmatic holidays signifying a celebration in honour of the "God of the Sun" (or "Dazhbog". It is believed that during this time of summer solstice, the sun is strongest, before turning to the winter. They say that the Sun is a personification of light, celebrating its victory over dark forces, so as it rises it's "playing", "leaping" and feeling joyful. All Nature is also joyful because of this, becoming special and charmed. The name of the holiday is bound to the name of "Kupajla", who is the "Divinity of Fertility",of the harvest, welfare and medicinal healing herbs and plants. Traditional ceremonies are timed so as to celebrate in honor of youth, beauty, love and purification.

On the 6th of July people set off for the gathering of medical herbs and plants. They gather healing herbs at dawn, far from the settlements and paths, all in a good mood and praying. Folklore has it that besides medical properties Kupal's'ki plants have a considerable magical effect. The main Kupal's'ki ceremonies were taking place at night 6 - 7 July. Kupala night is a special night.

Not only is it the most mysterious and enigmatic but also the most dissolute night of the year. The people believed that all Kupala's articles like chaplets, sprigs of sapling, ash, dew and other items had had not only healing properties but also considerable guarding forces from impure spirits as well as witches, which were thought to be very active on Kupala's night. All night long people keep Kupala bonfires burning, leaping over the flames, cleansing themselves of ill and bad luck.

The remnants of the bonfire are distributed to the participants, and maybe taken home, to protect against evil forces. It was considered a good sign for their future if young people, while jumping over the fire, would keep their hands locked and their clothes un-scorched . Mothers burn shirts of ill children in the Kupala fire as illnesses are believed to burn away with it.

The next ceremony consists of purifying by another element. Water. Girls try to dive in the water in such a way, that a chaplet from their hair would float on the surface of the water. Sometimes girls were sending their own personal chaplet with candles lit floating to the other side of the river or lake as the young men would try to capture the chaplet of his favorite girl. If not able to reach it from shore, some would impatiently jump in the water and retrieve the girls chaplet. A kiss awaits the bearer of each chaplet.

Especially enigmatic were recitals relating to fern blossoms on Kupala night. In order to see it, you have to go at night to the fern bush to spread under it a linen or towel on which the Easter cake was sanctified. Next you must draw around yourself a circle with the knife sanctified in the Church, sprinkle the plant with sanctified water and read a prayer. Impure forces then try to drive away and scare the man IE; wind, noise, blowing small rocks and twigs. It will not, however, be able to overcome the outlined circle. This is why you need to "fear not".

At midnight the fern begins to bloom and fall on the linen. This is when you need to quickly rap the linen and hide it with the fern blossoms in your bosom. Such bravery rewards the person who did this to inherit the power to see how trees walk from one place to another. To understand the language of birds, animals, plants and trees. He will be able to locate treasure hidden in the ground and retrieve it.

The highlight of the ritual is a decoration of the sacral sapling - "kupaily" (kupailytsi, gil'tsya, madder). Usually it is the branch of a willow, cherry or ash tree, decorated by field flowers, paper ribbons, and burning candles. Girls dance and sing about love and marriage around the "Kupaily". It is then dipped in water and broken into pieces and given to the girls, "so they would attain riches".

The Kupal'ska ritual is highly symbolic. Kupal's'ki fires symbolize a cult of the Sun. Kupal's'ka water is a symbol of healing power. A fern is a symbol of a happy future. Magic Ivanivs'ka dew provides beauty and love, and the Kupala tree denotes fertility and happiness.

The Kupala ritual, as with Ukrainians, was widespread not only among the Slavic people, but also included other segments of Europe and even India. In particular, Bulgarians believed that on Kupala the Sun is "dancing" and "twirling the sabres". Polish girls baked ceremonial "sun" cakes while Englishmen sought out the fern, not for the sake of the blossom of a burning flower, but for its seeds which can make a man invisible.

6 June - Day of Journalists

Day of Journalists There are many professional holidays in Ukraine, and this is one of them. Being an independent journalist can be dangerous. But at the same time, it is one of the most important and interesting professions in providing people with unbiased information that they need to understand the world around them.

20 June (Third Sunday of June) - Day of Medical Workers

Another important professional holiday. People in white garments are receiving greetings and due respect for their hard and important work. But, try not to get sick on this day, as all doctors, nurses, and health care administrators will be getting together for some very, merry festivities.

22 June - Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War

This day was the beginning of World War II for the USSR. On this day in 1941 began one of the darkest pages of mankind, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. A long four years of war were marked with the heroic battles of the Soviet people and their allies for liberation. Many were killed. Nearly every family lost one of their loved ones. This day is to remember those who fought for freedom and defended their families and their country. This day is to remind us also about the terrible human mistakes of the past and to prevent them in the future.

24 June - Youth Day

Youth Day is celebrated with a lot of fun, fireworks and concerts!

Last Friday of June - Graduation Day

The end of June is well known as graduation time for schools, institutes and universities. It is the time when all exams are passed and young girls and boys receive their certificates or diplomas and thus enter their new life.

1 August (first Sunday of August) - Navy Day

If you are in Crimea, especially in Sevastopol, don't miss this day and the opportunity to witness an expressive and impressive festival. Parades, concerts and fireworks. A good time for all guaranteed!

1 September - The Day of Knowledge

This is a serious holiday called the "Day of Open Doors" and includes all Schools, Colleges, Universities and Institutes. It is celebrated as the time when all students begin their new year studies. After a fun filled hot summer students are going back to the "Land of Knowledge". The day starts with meetings held next to each school. You'll see many nicely dressed students carrying flowers everywhere.

27 September – World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day is a wonderful time to visit this site and Ukraine!!

October 5 - Teacher's Day

This special day was created to focus the World's attention on the contributions and achievements of teachers as well as their concerns and priorities. Teachers receive special appreciation for all the hard work they do.

8 October - Lawyer's Day

Lawyer's Day is another holiday in Ukraine that celebrates the legal profession.

6 December - Ukrainian Army Day

In 1991 the Decree regarding the establishment of the" Armed forces of Ukraine" was signed and is annually celebrated.

19 December - St. Nicolas Day

On this day parents and relatives try to surprise their kids by placing small gifts, toys, or books into symbolic shoes or stockings or even under their pillows. St. Nicolas is the most well known Saint from the KievanRus era. People consider him first to help with any appeal and trouble. On December 19 he was beautified. Relics of St. Nicolas are kept in Bara city, Greece where people are believed to be cured by a single touch. This day opens the chain of winter holidays. Every child who behaved during the year will receive a present from St. Nicolas on this day. It has become traditional to present gifts to every child.

25 December - Christmas

This day is celebrated with friends and family, but not like Christmas in the USA. It's more of a day to relax and enjoy family, but without the gifts. However, many families will buy and decorate a Christmas tree (Yolka) just like in many other countries around the world.

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