St Nicholas in UAE: How Ukrainian diasporas celebrate St Nicholas Day (VIDEO)

16:38 Dec. 21, 2016

How Ukrainian diasporas celebrate St Nicholas Day (VIDEO)

Ukrainians from Abu Dhabi, London and Chicago celebrate St Nicholas Day (Photo: UNIAN)

The capital of the United Arab Emirates first welcomes St Nicholas, London-based Ukrainians sing carols at Trafalgar Square while Chicago singers get on ABC Channel

St Nicholas Day is a significant holiday for Ukrainian Christians. UT has covered extensively the celebrations and preparations for the holiday in Ukraine. And now we would like to show how Ukrainian diasporas welcomed the beginning of the festive winter season. 

The diaspora, which surprised the most, is Ukrainian Community in the United Arab Emirates. They invited St Nicholas for the festive event for Ukrainian kids.

Before meeting St Nicholas, kids were engaged in a master-class on varenyky-making. Varenyky is a traditional dish of Ukrainian cuisine, which resembles dumplings.

Once children have perfectly mastered this craft, St Nicholas greeted young Ukrainians. The festive character was accompanied by angels and a devil, who carried several twigs with him.

Read more: St Nicholas Day - holiday to reward good behavior

The organizers of the initiative said that St Nicholas visits only well-behaving kids. The winter wonder-maker brought gifts for Ukrainian children. 

According to Ukrainian tradition, St Nicholas brings twigs to misbehaving children. But those, who were good during the whole year, get presents. 

As for London-based Ukrainians, they sang at Trafalgar Square close to the main Christmas tree. The carols were performed by the Cathedral Choir, 'The Ray of Hope'. The event was organized by British Ukrainian Aid. First, they sing in English and then in Ukrainian.

In Chicago, students from St Nicholas Cathedral School sang Ukrainian kolyadkas at Ogilvie Transportation Center. In such a way, the singers congratulated Americans with the beginning of the festive season. 

Read more: Ukraine Today's Christmas special

The performance of young Ukrainians was broadcasted on ABC Channel. 

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