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The wonderful world of Christmas as seen through the eyes of Ukrainian artists

Carolling by Ivan Horobchuk
The wonderful world of Christmas as seen through the eyes of Ukrainian artists
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Christmas is a special time of year throughout the world. For some, it means silent prayer, joyful meditation and the birth of Christ. For others – warm family gatherings, sharing and recollection.

In Ukraine, the Christmas period is a unique time of tradition and rejoicing when families gather together to partake of special Lenten dishes, unite in prayer and gratitude and end the festivities with gusty caroling. This exceptional period of the year has also inspired many artists, sculptors, poets and writers.

Here, we present some paintings, drawings, posters (and their authors), many of which have become popular illustrations of Rizdvo (Christmas) in Ukraine and abroad.


Carollers by Dmytro Artym
Carollers by Olha Piliuhina
Carollers by Yaroslav Chyzhevsky
Carollers in the Karpaty by Yuriy Matsyk
Carolling by Nataliya Derevianko
Carolling by Viktoriya Protsiv
Celebration by Yuriy Zhurka
Christmas Carols by Iryna Fartukh
Christmas by Nataliya Korf-Ivaniuk
Christmas by Oleh Shupliak
Christmas Carollers by Tetiana Fyl
Christmas by Iryna Fartukh
Christmas Didukh by Oleh Shupliak
Christmas Eve by Dmytro Dobrovolsky
Christmas Ihor Ropianyk
Christmas in Zakarpattia by Oksana Arkhipova
Christmas Joy by Yuriy Zhuravel
Christmas by Oksana Zbrutska
Christmas Time by Oleksandr Mytsnyk
Christmas Vertep by Taras Danylych
Christmas. The Holy Family by Oleksandr Okhapkin
Christmas. The Three Feasts by Roman and Nadiya Fedyna
Holy Christmas by Sofiya Panchyshyn
Holy Supper by Viktoriya Protsiv
Illustration to Mykola Hohol’s ‘The Night before Christmas’ by Kost Lavro
Joy to the World by Ihor Herchakivsky
The Carollers are on their way by Ihor Ropianyk
The Holy One by Nataliya Korf-Ivaniuk
The Night before Christmas by Yuriy Patsan
Vertep by Kateryna Lukashchuk
Vertep by Viktor Luzhetsky
Vertep by Tetiana Fyl
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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