"VERBNA NEDILYA"

28.04.13




Today is Ukrainian Palm Sunday – квітна або вербна неділя. Ukrainian tradition generally dictates that “it is a sin not to attend church when they bless the willow”.  Whilst related traditions may vary from region to region, the blessed willow tree branches are treated with particular reverence everywhere. In Western Ukraine people leaving church gently “beat” each other with the blessed willows and proclaim that “...one week from today it will be Easter”.

This is one of the 12 main feasts in the Eastern Rite calendar and we wish everyone a very happy “verbna nedilya”.

 



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