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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Traditions

Dreaming About Your Future Husband

St. Andrews Day, 13 December, is when unmarried girls can learn the names, habits, and professions of their future husbands, and even get a look at their faces if they follow the correct rituals. So if you are young and single, or old and single for that matter, we thought wed let you in on how its all done.

Sitting all alone, a girl lights a candle, sits in front of a mirror and stares into the glass without looking away. According to Ukrainian folk tradition, shell see her intended husband within an hour. Even if he doesnt appear in the mirror, the girl might see him when she lies down to sleep. On St. Andrews Night dreams are prophetic, and if she sees a man in her sleep, that could turn out to be the one shell wed. If she wants to get a closer look at his face when she awakes, its back to the mirror, into which she must look at midnight. A pool of water serves the same purpose. To find out the name of her future beloved, a girl can write down the names of likely pros

 On St. Andrews Night dreams are prophetic, and if a girl sees a man in her sleep, that could turn out to be the one shell wed

 pects on scraps of paper, roll them up, and place them under her pillow. The piece of paper she randomly pulls out the next morning will bear the name of the lucky guy.

 Another way to find out the name of your future husband is to simply step outside on St. Andrews Night and ask the name of the first man you stumble upon. According to legend, the answer he gives will also be the name of your future husband. One of the first things Ukrainian girls did on St. Andrews Day in the past was bake balabushki (small rolls). The baking process itself was full of mystery. After sunset, girls got down to business. They went down to a nearby river or lake and cut a hole in the ice, then filled their mouths with the cold water. It was this water that theyd pour into the balabushka batter. Each girl would mark her own balabushki with coloured threads or paper. Then theyd place the buns on the floor and let a hungry dog into the house. The girl whose balabushka the dog gobbled first would be the first to get married. If the dog didnt touch a girls rolls at all, shed spend the next year as a maid. But it was much worse if the dog just bit a balabushka without finishing it it meant that the girl had some bad luck coming. Another tradition involved shoes. A group of girls shoes were arranged in a row along a wall, then moved piece by piece, preserving the same order, in a line extending to the door. The girl whose shoe first crossed the threshold would get married first.

 Another way to find out when and whom girls would marry was to put different items a ring, a wreath, flowers, a doll, a married womans cap, a kerchief, coral beads, a candle, bread, an onion, coal, a cross - under overturned dishes, which were then moved around, shell-game style. If a girl found a wreath or flower under the dish she chose, she would remain unmarried for a long time. If she found a ring, a kerchief or a cap shed be married soon. Coral beads meant shed be a maid, bread meant future riches, coal meant shed marry a blacksmith, and thread a weaver. A doll or an onion meant the girls would have an illegitimate child, while a candle or cross prophesied death. To find out just when shed get married, a girl would hang a golden wedding ring at the end of a piece of her own hair and lower it into a glass or vase. The number of times the ring hit the vessels sides represented the number of months or years it would take for the girl to get married. To make certain that fortune-telling rituals come true and to appeal to the days patron, St. Andrew, girls usually fast all day and light a candle in front of the saints icon at church. Sometimes finding a good husband requires all the divine intervention you can get.

 Yulia Samus

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tishy | 24.12.2014 22:03


cece | 04.01.2011 05:43

hey this is weird this is the day i had a dream about this specific guy, ive had dreams of our babies and everything but this is the day i had my first dream about him.. weird..

sheep | 28.09.2009 01:59

ahhhhhhhhhhh im so doing that

vina | 17.09.2009 12:00

my husband name

anny | 16.09.2009 12:24

tell me the name of my husband

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