5-Days Ukrainian Carpathians Adventure Christmas Tour
The Carpathians are special on New Year and Christmas. In this period everything is somehow different: the snow-capped peaks look even higher, and the wine savor in the holiday season. The winter trip to the Carpathians will give you the unforgettable impressions that will emerge in memory each time when you look at hundreds of photos in social networks or after having tasted with scented tea from mountain herbs.
Traditionally, on Christmas Eve, the entire family gathered at the festive table, but there was only one meal on that day - dinner, which was allowed to taste only after the first star appeared. The birth of Christ is preceded by a severe fasting, so the supper at Christmas Eve is a vegetarian, often called “hungry” dinner. On the table there are served varenyky, pyrohy, cakes, pancakes and casseroles with song fillings, as well as fish - only 12 different dishes - by the number of apostles (disciples of Christ). It is customary to go Christmas caroling. This is one of the old customs, according to which young people, singing carols, walk to houses of neighbors and relatives, praising Christ.
The main Christmas dishes of our great-grandfathers were:
Kutya - porridge based on boiled wheat, barley or rice flavored with poppy seeds, nuts and honey;
Uzvar - dried fruit compote;
Baked apples with honey and nuts.
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