Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Time in Kharkiv!

It is finally starting to feel like Christmas in Kharkiv. We have been watching them assemble a massive Yule Tree as they call them here in Freedom's Square and the holiday markets has are finally open. Since the Orthodox Christmas is celebrated according to the Julian calendar Christmas does not happen in Ukraine until January 7 and even Saint Nicholas Day is not celebrated here until December 19th. 

This is me and the Yule tree with a giant Ded Moroz or Father Frost in the background. In Slavic countries they have Father Frost instead of Santa Claus.
 Here is a view of holiday market in Freedom Square.
 The entrance to the market.
 The Yule Tree.
 This is the Yule Tree light up at night and a picture of Ded Moroz's house.

 One last picture of Lenin in the snow for good measure!

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