Costumes, dancing, and food: Malanka is Ukraine’s biggest party

In Ukraine, Malanka is much more than a party: it’s one of the oldest, happiest, most vibrant days of the year in local culture. It is a folk holiday celebrated on January 13th, which is New Year’s Eve in accordance with the Julian calendar, caps off the festivities of the Christmas holidays, and is often the last opportunity for partying before the solemn period of Lent which precedes Easter. By nightfall people, dressed in elaborate homemade costumes depicting bears, gypsies, goats, and nurses, will parade from house to house singing…

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#TodayInHistory – April 5

April 5 – Some Important Events on this day 1242 👉🏼 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice. He was the Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city’s history. He rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders. 1722 👉🏼 Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island 1815 👉🏼 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies, has its first violent eruption…

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