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Kyiv's Tree Lighting Launches Holiday Hoopla

20. December 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

While Orthodox Christians still have two weeks to prepare for Christmas, your favorite Russian brides are already getting into the holiday spirit. In fact, thousands of Ukrainians descended upon Independence Square last night for the tree lighting ceremony. 

 

Head of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov lit up the man-made tree which weighs 30 tons and stands 35 meters (115 feet) tall, reports the Kyiv Post.

 

"Today, on Saint Nicholas Day, when each of us can feel like a miracle worker, by doing good and helping those in need, we are holding this event. It opens up a whole marathon of festive events that will take place in different parts of our city," he said. "I congratulate you on Saint Nicholas Day and upcoming New Year! Let it bring happiness and love into our homes," Popov said yesterday.

 

After the tree lighting, spectators were treated to a concert by local performing groups and one of the winners of the Junior Eurovision 2012, Anastasia Petryk. She was joined by renowned national singer Nina Matvienko to wish the audience a Happy New Year. Then there were blasts of beautiful fireworks!

 

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates religious holidays according to the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar, so Christmas in Russia and Ukraine is celebrated on January 7th. However, the celebrations are beginning now and will last all the way through the Orthodox New Year of January 14th!

 

How will your favorite ladies be spending the next several weeks? Most Russians will have a vacation that begins December 30th and they'll head back to work on January 9th. This is a great time to introduce yourself to some new ladies and spend more time online with the ones you already adore! Log on to HotRussianBrides.com today! 

 

 

Source, Photos: The Epoch Times