How well do you know Ukrainian New Year and Christmas traditions?

1/10

In the old days, in winter, Ukrainians hung * on the central beam of a house

  • 1- iron rooster
  • 2- wooden hare
  • 3- clay horse
  • 4- straw spider

 

2/10

In the XIX century, on the eve of Christmas, the goodman (master of a household) invited * to the house to eat kutia (sweet grain pudding)

  • 1- Saint Mykolai (Nicholas)
  • 2- frost, gray wolf, dark storms and evil winds
  • 3- district governor, spravnyk (head of police), and police officer
  • 4- cow, sheep, and dog

 

3/10

By tradition, on the eve of Christmas, the first person who tried kutia was

  • 1- master of a household
  • 2- neighbor
  • 3- the youngest member of the family
  • 4- anyone

 

4/10

For 3% of Ukrainians, the most favorite holiday is the Old New Year. Is it true?

  • 1- It can’t be true. You’ve made that up
  • 2- Sounds about right

 

5/10

In the time of Cossacks, “poklony” (bows) were called

  • 1- special church rituals
  • 2- Christmas presents
  • 3- a traditional New Year game like leapfrog
  • 4- greeting cards

 

6/10

A star – the Christmas tree topper symbolizes

  • 1- doesn’t symbolize anything, it’s just a decoration
  • 2- USSR flag
  • 3- Polar star
  • 4- the star that indicated the birthplace of Jesus Christ to the Magi

 

7/10

The first person who entered the house when the Old New Year came was called

  • 1- polaznyk
  • 2- sponger
  • 3- blockhead
  • 4- this person wasn’t called especially

 

8/10

In old times, the goodwife (mistress of a household) of the house offered a spoon of kutia to all animals, except

  • 1- cock
  • 2- cat
  • 3- pig
  • 4- goat

 

9/10

What dish has become a must on the Ukrainian New Year table since 1970th?

  • 1- schuba (herring under beetroot salad)
  • 2- tangerines
  • 3- champagne
  • 4- open sandwich with sprats

 

10/10

In old times, on New Year's Eve, Ukrainians didn’t sleep on the pich (stove with a bench to lie down, used for both cooking and heating) because

  • 1- everyone got heavily drunk and was afraid of falling off the stove
  • 2- everyone binged on food and thus was afraid to break the stove
  • 3- on New Year's Eve Ukrainians took the stove out of the house
  • 4- it was believed that stove danced on New Year's Eve while no one sees

 

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