New Year, celebrated on January 01st, is no doubt the main
holiday of the year as it starts the whole holiday season. About 90% of the
Ukrainians have called it their favorite holiday, so everybody impatiently
waits for the beginning of the new year. People believe that all troubles will
stay in old year and new year will come with hopes and expectations.
People decorate their houses and the New Year Tree, cook festive dinners,
exchange presents, go to numerous New Year's parties that usually last until
The local TV channels show old time favorite movies from the Soviet era,
and everybody enjoys being with family and friends. At midnight Ukrainians
watch congratulations of the president of Ukraine on TV and drink champagne to
celebrate. After it young people prefer going out at night clubs, restaurants,
bars to party.
This bright holiday is loved by people of different ages, but is especially
dear to children. They believe that Ded Moroz (Santa Claus) comes this night
and puts gifts under the tree, of course if they haven't been naughty in the
old year. On this holiday people usually give family and friends personalized
If you happen to be far away from your family and friends on New Year, you
can show your love by
sending New Year gifts to Ukraine.