Illiriya Local Customs

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    The War Memorial

    by hunterV Updated Jul 14, 2014

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    Like in many other villages, there is a common grave of the fallen soldiers who perished for the liberation of the village from the Nazi invaders in 1943.
    The war memorial is located next to the village club.
    The memorial commemorates the 286 villagers who fought at the fronts of the Second World War.
    Among them 166 persons fell in battles and 258 were awarded with medals and orders.
    Unlike many other war memorials where only soldiers and officers were buried, this one has also a grave of the fallen partisans who fought in the battles.
    There are four memorial plaques at the foot of the obelisk.
    The inscription on one of the memorial plaques reads,
    Eternal Glory to the heroes
    who fell in the struggle
    for the freedom and independence
    of our Motherland!

    At the war memorial in Illyria, Luhansk region Honoring the fallen heroes A view from the memorial At the war memorial in Illyria, Luhansk region At the war memorial in Illyria, Luhansk region
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    Attending the Public Worship

    by hunterV Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Like in many other villages, attending a liturgy on Sundays is a must here (not for all the villagers, though).
    I would say there are more passive believers than the active ones.
    Lots of villagers seem to be too busy with their chores to attend the liturgy.
    So don't be surprised if you see just a few people attending the service.
    The cathedral is called St.Alexander of the Neva Cathedral.
    The people get their bread and water sanctified and stand there praying and following the service conducted by Father Alexander.
    There are very old icons among the cathedral icons here.
    Pictures of the Cathedral

    At the cathedral  belfry Inside the cathedral, Illyria, Ukraine St.Alexander of Neva Cathedral, Illyria, Ukraine The altar of St.Alexander of the Neva Cathedral Looking at the cathedral dome from inside
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    Relax on the Bench

    by hunterV Written Oct 5, 2010

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    This is what we did for a while on the way to our friends in Illyria.
    Many houses have benches near the entrance door.
    The locals, especially the retired ones, like to gather on the bench and do people watching or merely discuss the events of the day.

    Nice relaxation (I hope the locals don't mind) A house in Sovietskaya Street, Illyria On the riverbank: Abdullah and me A house near the central square Visiting the village cathedral
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    Kitchen-Gardens

    by hunterV Written May 25, 2010

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    Every household has a kitchen-garden where people grow lots of vegetables.
    My friend Nickolas has a large garden with potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables.
    They also grow a lot of flowers and have two big spruces in the garden.
    Thank God they have enough water from the well to water their garden.

    We are at Nick's vegetable garden Nick's vegetable garden Daisies in Nick's vegetable garden Peonies in Nick's garden Nick's vegetable garden
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    Flower-Beds of Illyria

    by hunterV Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    There are flower-beds in Sovietskaya Street opposite the village council and in front of the store.
    They look nice in summer.

    Village council building at 15 Sovietskaya Street A flowerbed in front of the store The Village Club A private house in Sovietskaya Street Central flowerbed in Sovietskaya Street
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    Village Wells

    by hunterV Updated Mar 11, 2011

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    The villagers get the water from the wells made by themselves.
    The wells are from four to nine meters deep.
    I tasted the water and liked it a lot: I found it to be soft and pure.

    Exploring Post Street with my friend Lance A village well in Sovietskaya Street, Illyria A village well in Novopavlivka, Illyria There are a lot of apple-trees here... Another village well, Illyria, Luhansk region
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