Thursday, April 21, 2022

Celebrating the Country of Ukraine

 “And if you want to suppress a culture, take their stories. If you take their stories, you take their power.”  Kristin Pedemonti

Oleksandr Murashko, 1906

I always love sharing folktales on themes and different countries. Today I am celebrating the beautiful country of Ukraine. As we all know the country and its courageous people are under attack. Let’s keep them in our hearts and continue to share their stories and traditions.

Around the world countries are offering support in a variety of ways, food, shelter, medical care, and more. If you would like to donate to these efforts, Charity Navigator offers a number of essential, reliable, and financially responsible organizations here: 


  • Ukrainian civilizations date back to 4800 B.C. The country is located in an area where Trypillian and Scythian civilizations thrived.
  • Ukraine is home to seven sites protected by the UNESCO World Heritage L
  • The world’s first constitution was drafted and introduced in 1710 by Ukrainian Hetman Pylyp Orlyk.
  • Ukraine is the world's largest producer of sunflower seeds. It is estimated that the total size of Ukraine’s sunflower farmlands could cover the entire territory of Slovenia.
  • The vast tracts of arable land in Ukraine with fertile black soil made it an ideal place for growing wheat and other food crops. As such, it was nicknamed the "Breadbasket of Europe.” Today, Ukraine continues to be one of the largest producers of wheat in the world.
  • The gas lamp was invented by two Lviv-based pharmacists - Jan Zeh and Ignacy Łukasiewicz in 1853.
  • The deepest metro station in the world is Arsenalna station on the Sviatoshynsko – Brovarska line located in Kyiv – the capital city of Ukraine.
  • Vyshyvanka is the name of the National Costume of Ukraine. This is differentiated from others because of its embroidery work which features Ukrainian embroidery.

The above information found at the following links:


The Cat and the Rooster

The Fox and the Crane

The God and the Devil

The Heron, the Fish, and the Crayfish 

How A Fish Swam in the Air and a Hare in Water

The Magic Egg

The Magic Pumpkins

Sister Fox

The Tsar and the Angel

Ukrainian Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Fables 

Ukrainian Folk Tales translated by Marie Halun Bloch – Meet The Poor Wolf, The Spiteful Nanny Goat, The Foolish Dog, and a host of other animals between these pages.


Children’s Books Set In Ukraine

Thunder Bay Public Library offers some wonderful suggestions of available books.


Printable craft based on the children’s book, The Mitten.

Ukraine Coloring Pages for Kids


Ukraine Facts for Kids

U is for Ukraine - Ukraine for Kids Virtual Tour


A History of  The History Pysanka Symbolism A great variety of decorative motifs are found on pysanky. Because of the egg’s fragility, no ancient examples of pysanky have survived. However, similar ornamental patterns occur in pottery, weaving, wood carving, embroidery and other traditional crafts, examples of which have survived through the ages.”

How to Decorate Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs and How to Make Your Own - The start of spring means that Easter is on the horizon, which for many people means one thing—it's time to start decorating eggs.”

Ten Customs That Only Ukrainians Will Understand
“The roots of Ukrainian customs date back centuries, but at the same time, they remain no less popular nowadays…Ukrainians pay great attention to the observation of customs, as they are unique and extremely peculiar – even absurd sometimes.”

Traditional CraftsLearn about pottery, weaving, painting, and more.

Ukrainian Customs and TraditionsLearn about wedding traditions, national costumes, and food. 

Ukrainian Folklore –History, cuisine, folklore and more.

Ukrainian Women Bring Back Traditional Floral Crowns To Show National Pride|
“According to the tradition, these headdresses were worn by young, unmarried women to show their “purity” and marital eligibility. Now though, the artists are using them as a reminder of Ukrainian identity in rough times the country is going through. With continuing political and actual physical pressure from Russia, the country faces serious threats to its integrity and unity is needed more than ever.”| 


Authentic Ukraine – An amazing project on the cultural Heritage of Ukraine, including performing arts, traditional rituals, food, music, oral traditions, tours of cultural heritage, and “authentic audio and visual examples of Ukrainian identity.” Learn more about this beautiful country and its fascinating history.

Chuhaister: Spirit of the Ukrainian Forest
“Chuhaister is the spirit of the Carpathian mountain forest. Chuhaister is both protector of the woods and the spirit of the forest.” Learn all about this spirit at the link below.


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