Christmas market: Traditional folk art fair ahead of St Nicholas day (PHOTOS)

23:39 Dec. 18, 2016

Traditional folk art fair ahead of St Nicholas day (PHOTOS)

Traditional folk art fair ahead of St Nicholas day (UT/Emil Durov)

Craftsmen from all over Ukraine gather at the national center of folk culture "Ivan Honchar Museum" to sell Christmas-themed handiwork  

Arts and crafts market opened at the museum on weekend. Visitors could buy ceramics, toys made from clay and wood, gingerbread, symbolizing St Nicholas (and called mykolaychyk), traditional accessories, embroidered shirts, hand-made carpets and blankets.  

More than 50 Christmas stars have been created for the fair. This year, all visitors could get a unique present from national craftsmen: anyone, who buys a hand-made item, will get a chance to try kutia and find out the secret of this traditional Christmas dish. 

Read more: Art-ful way to shop - Christmas fair opens at Kyiv museum

The event also hosts master-classes. The tutorials on how to bake and decorate festive gingerbread are held.

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The craftsmen provide classes on how to create Ukrainian Christmas decorations, including unique diduch. Diduch is a Christmas item made from a sheaf of wheat and it symbolizes a sacrifice taken from the best of the autumn harvest. This festive decoration is placed in Ukrainian homes before Christmas and it is kept until Maslenitsa. 

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People could learn how to sing kolyadkas and shedrivkas, which are national Christmas songs.

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Visitors of the folk fair could also watch a theatrical show dedicated to St Nicholas Day and see vertep, which is a portable Ukrainian puppet theater.  

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Read more: Ukraine Today's Christmas special

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