This year is my first year to celebrate both Palm Sunday and Easter with my Ukrainian church family (last year I was in Israel). The next week is going to be busy with writing my term paper for my online course, but let me give you a little taste of the celebrations here. I'll post pictures when I get a chance.
Palm Sunday is actually called Willow Sunday here, because people use pussy willow branches instead of palm leaves. I saw countless numbers of people carrying bundles of these willows in the few days preceding "Willow Sunday," and afterwards no one had use for the unsold ones. I wonder what they do with them at church, if they get them blessed or something.
On Wednesday, our church held a concert by an a cappella group from Tennessee.
Our church also has Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, but I was unable to attend them because I had plans with friends already. (Does that make me a bad Christian, for making plans on Good Friday that don't involve church? hah.)
At 6am on Easter morning, there will be a sunrise service, behind St. Michael's cathedral, overlooking the Dnieper. This will be followed by a regular 11am worship service back at the church, and then the missionary staff will have dinner together at 5pm. (Somehow, I WILL fit a nap in there!)
Two videos of Ukrainian Easter Eggs.
How to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs: