Rosh Hashanah: Thousands of Hasidim flock to Ukraine for pilgrimage (photos)

15:36 Sep. 27, 2016

Thousands of Hasidim flock to Ukraine for pilgrimage (photos)

Hasidim arrive to Kyiv for the Jewish New Year (Ukraine Today/Emil Durov)

More than 2,500 of Hasidim are already in Uman town. Ukraine is awaiting a mass pilgrimage of Jews to celebrate their new year - Rosh Hashanah

160 pilgrims from Israel - are the first to arrive in Kyiv. The charter plane landed in Zhuliany Airport. Hasidim go on an annual pilgrimage to Uman town, where zaddik Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, is buried. This is just one of the first groups of Hasidim, arriving in Ukraine.

Hasidim will arrive at the airports of Kyiv and Odesa. Boryspil International Airport is expecting 81 charter flights. Lots of people will take regular flights, so it is hard yet to predict how many would come. All in all, Uman expects at least 30,000 of pilgrims from 20 countries this year. Most of them are from Israel and the USA. 

Read more Rosh Hashanah Ukraine: Thousands of Hasidic Jews flock to Uman for Jewish New Year (2015)

Hasidim believe that every Hasid has to visit Rebbe Nachman's grave at least once in a lifetime. Moreover, they believe that if you meet the New Year near a zaddik tomb, the next year will be very happy. This is why Hasidim come to Uman in entire communities.  

Read more Celebrating Jewish New Year: Israelis mark annual holiday Rosh Hashanah (2014)

450 Ukrainian policemen together with Israeli colleagues will maintain order in Uman during the pilgrimage. For residents of Uman, it is also a good chance to earn additional money during the gathering. Uman authorities expect to fill town's budget with at least UAH 7 million. 

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