The Prophet St.Elijah Liturgy is followed by the pilgrims' lunch.
All the pilgrims are invited to the foyer of the village leisure center where many tables are formed into lines and the traditional Feast Day Lunch is served.
The lunch is preceded by a common prayer and consists of the Ukrainian village borshch (cabbage and beetroot soup), the main course and homemade juice with a homemade pie.
The meal is delicious and the atmosphere is solemn and very special.
A common prayer at the end completes the Feast Day Lunch.
This is the place to meet other pilgrims and to communicate.
The villagers keep the memory of their legendary fellow countryman who became a war hero.
When you visit the leisure center, you can read a poster about this man:
became the Hero of the Soviet
on November 5, 1942, medal #728
Petro Boloto was one of the four courageous Soviet soldiers who put out of action 30 Nazi tanks with their anti-tank rifles during the battle of Stalingrad in July 1942.
Petro Boloto himself managed to put out of action eight Nazi tanks with his anti-tank rifle.
The village leisure center organizes the interested villagers into different hobby and amateur activities group. They gather together at the leisure center at certain hours and engage in their planned activities.
The village center has an enviable list of hobby groups, amateur ensembles and sport sections:
Nu ance Choreographic Group
Young Housewife Society
Sudarushka Folk Song Ensemble
Fidgets Vocal and Choreographic Ensemble
Sakura Vocal and Choreographic Ensemble
Maliatko Kids’ Amateur Group
World of Young Talents Amateur Group
Local handicrafts, singers and dancers are well known on Kreminne County.
The Day of Prophet St.Elijah is among the best-revered feast days in Orthodox countries. Ukraine is not an exception.
On August 2 the Feast Day of Prophet St.Elijah is observed at the monastery in Varvarivka.
There is a long morning service that is attended by hundreds of pilgrims from all over Luhansk region. If you arrive after 8 o'clock, you may not be able to enter the cathedral: there are so many pilgrims inside.
The liturgy is followed by the pilgrims' lunch at the village leisure center where several tables are laid for them in the foyer.
It was an unforgettable experience for me too.
About Prophet St.Elijah
A lot of Orthodox pilgrims as well as visitors of Varvarivka come to this place.
It is called the well in honor of the Kazan-root icon of the Most Holy Mother of God.
It was dedicated some five years ago by the priests from St.Elijah the Prophet Cathedral located nearby. The cathedral is a monastery now. It's a must for all the pilgrims coming to the monastery to see this well and to get some water. They also splash themselves with this water from head to feet without taking off their clothes, which is nice on a hot summer day.
There is a special shower cabin designed for that purpose. This is where you can get splashed all over without any clothes. Don't forget to bring a towel along.
On August 2 you can see especially many people here for its the local cathedral's Feast Day to honor Holy and Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah) .
This festival is observed on the first weekend of September.
It’s a good time to pay a visit to Varvarivka.
The festival starts at 2 p.m. at the village leisure center.
There is a fair, a flower show and an exhibition of amateur decorative arts.
At 3 p.m. there is a prize winners ceremony.
There are prize winners in three nominations:
- the best household;
- the best street:
- the best sports family.
At 4.30 p.m. a gala concert starts. It is followed by funny sports competitions.
The young people’s disco starts at 7 p.m.
Many streets in the village are located up the hill. Those households experience lack of water and their wells are empty. So the villagers often come here down the hill to where Eastern Street ("Vostochnaya ulitsa") starts to the common well where they can get some good drinking water. They often come by cars and motorbikes.
There is a nice meadow around the well and a small stream below.
The Orthodox font is opposite the common well. This is where many Orthodox pilgrims come to drink some sanctified water and to get soaked in that water.
There is a special wooden cabin next to the well where yolu can get undressed and splash yourself with the water from head to feet. My brother and I have done that several times with pleasure.
The well is called after the Kazan-root icon of The Most Holy Mother of God.