Thousands of Hasidim are arriving in Ukraine for the Hebrew Year 5777 celebration
On October 2-4, Israelis will celebrate the Jewish New Year. Major celebrations of Rosh Hashanah traditionally take place at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. A record number of pilgrims is expected for the 5,777-th New Year.
At Zhuliany Airport, where the first charter flight with 160 Hasidim aboard landed, Ukrainian taxi drivers are waiting for their Israeli customers. The standard price to Uman is around UAH 1,000 (USD 40). For newcomers, they make discounts. However, the majority of pilgrims have ordered buses beforehand, which will take them to the city.
Local residents of Uman are also ready to earn some extra money during the celebrations, despite inconveniences caused by thousands of people coming to their city. One night in an apartment costs around USD 100.
Some people, who came for the pilgrimage to Ukraine, are surprised about the cold weather, especially compared to Israel.
Each year breaks the record for pilgrims travelling to Uman. This year is not an exception - up to 50,000 Hasidim are expected. Boryspil International airport is expecting 81 charter flights by the end of the week.
Hasidim believe that if you meet the New Year near a zaddik grave, the whole the next year will be full of happiness.