Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

State Enterprise "Ukrainian State Center
for International Education"



Epiphany – third and final great Christmas holiday in Ukraine

Ukraine celebrates Epiphany on January 19 – the third and final great Christmas holiday. The baptism of Jesus Christ is associated with this holiday.
On the eve of Epiphany, Ukrainians have long celebrated the second holy evening. Believers fast throughout the 18th of January. Dinner can only begin after the first star appears in the sky. Fasting dishes are served to the table – fish, cabbage varenyky, kutia, uzvar, etc.
Water is an important symbol of the holiday. These days it is customary to consecrate it. Water consecrated during Epiphany is called Jordanian and is believed to have healing properties throughout the year. Many Ukrainians follow the tradition of swimming in icy water.
On Epiphany, children and young people sing carols for the last time – they go from house to house and sing songs with well-wishes.