18:04 Dec. 10, 2016
As the winter marks the end of the year, Ukraine is preparing to celebrate its traditional holidays, showing the distinct identity of the Slavic country
Last weekend before the day of Saint Andrew, celebrated on December 13th, children of Ukrainian soldiers, fighting in Donbas, and of the Heavenly Hundred are taking part in the celebration of an old Ukrainian traditional holiday - Kalyta. The event features numerous competitions and trials, as well as the traditional Cossack games.
Kalyta is a sacred day for young boys and their initiation into the mature world. It is also a sun-like round cake, baked by girls. A unique ritual, named Kalyta, is part of the Day of Andrew the Apostle.
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The main event of the holiday goes like this - while somebody holds the cake in the air, blindfolded boys and girls must jump to it and bite off a piece.
Kalyta is a symbol of energy, the Sun, victory of all that is good, the triumph of light over dark. By biting it, boys and girls get the strength of the Sun itself.