Luhansk Local Customs

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    Honoring the Fallen Heroes

    by hunterV Updated Feb 15, 2016

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    Like in many other towns and cities of the former Soviet Union, there are several war memorials in Luhansk.
    One of them is located in Ostraya Mogila (Sharp Mould) forest park on the southern outskirts of the city, at the first circle on your way from the airport.
    This is the monument to the liberators of the city.
    T-34 tank standing on the pedestal is said to be the first one that entered the city during the battle for its liberation on February 14, 1943. The tank's number is 237.
    You can see Guards badge that was conferred to the most outstanding regiments and divisions during the war.
    There is an inscripton on the tank, For our Soviet Motherland!
    That was a war time slogan of the Soviet people during the war.
    The inscription on the pedestal reads,To the heroic Soviet tankmen who defeated German fascist invaders and Japanese imperialists during the years of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
    The inscription on the memorial plaque on Picture 3 reads,
    "T-34 tank named after Lieutenant Ivan Kissenko was manufactures at Sormovo factory in 1944 #4080297 and took part in battles as a part of the 4th Guards Stalingrad mechanized corps awarded with the Red Banner, Suvorov Order and Kutuzov Order."

    City Liberators Memorial (old picture) City Liberators Memorial ( a new picture) Memorial plaque at the pedestal Guards badge and architectural landmark badge Militiamen memorial of Civil War of 1919
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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    by hunterV Updated Nov 20, 2015

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    If you come to Luhansk in May, you may observe our Victory in Europe celebration. We call it simply Victory Day.
    There are crowds of people in Heroes Square and around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that is located behind the Heroes Obelisk.
    The monument depicts a dying soldier with cranes flying all around him. The idea of the monument originated from a famous war song saying that the soldiers did not fall into the ground, but turned into white cranes...
    The inscription above the tomb reads,
    Unknown Soldier,
    you were with your people
    in the days of your life
    and now you are with it
    in the time of your immortality

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Heroes Square Soldiers' Mass Grave in the central city park Soldiers' Mass Grave in the central city park The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Heroes Square The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Heroes Square
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    In Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals

    by hunterV Updated Nov 4, 2015

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    I must say the rules of behavior in our churches are rather strict.
    In Orthodox churches women have to wear kerchiefs or scarves over their heads and men have to take off their hats.
    People usually stand in these churches. There are no seats like in Catholic or Protestant cathedrals. There are only several benches at the walls for the elderly people who cannot stand during the service.
    During the service you can also kneel on both knees for a change and for a short time.
    There is no exact time when to do it. It is all your choice.
    It is customary to offer donations to the church. The inscriptions at donation boxes read, "for cathedral repair" or "for the common candle".
    Besides, it would be good for visitors of our churches to have some change and offer some donations to the beggars standing at the entrance to the cathedral gates. They are mainly old "babushkas" or bums who stand at the cathedral entrance gate and ask for some money in the name of Christ. Sometimes from three to ten beggars may stand there at the entrance gate and then a couple of others may stand at the cathedral door asking for donations in Christ's name... They cross themselves and always say, "God bless you" as you offer them your small donation.
    You can only take pictures of the beautiful interior of a church or a cathedral if you have the dean's blessing for that. You have to ask the cathedral dean for his blessing to take pictures like I did. Just find out what his name is and, coming up to him, say, "Please, Father so-and-so, bless me, to take a picture of the interior" or something like that. The dean might also ask you why you need this or that picture. Be resourceful enough and think of something solid as your reason of taking pictures, even if you only want to take pictures of the exterior. Otherwise your taking pictures without permission might look and be considered by the parish and the priests as rather rude and intruding... After you receive the necessary blessing, you can also offer a donation and insert it into the cathedral donation box inside.
    Good luck to you!

    Inside St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral, Luhansk, St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral, Luhansk, Ukraine St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral, Luhansk, Ukraine St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral, Luhansk, Ukraine St.Peter and St.Paul's Cathedral, Luhansk, Ukraine
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    English Learners' Clubs

    by hunterV Updated Mar 5, 2014

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    English-speaking people can attend English learners' club at the State Regional Library in Sovietskaya Street.
    www.library.lg.ua
    The club members meet on weekends (at 2 p.m. on Saturday as a rule) and are always eager to meet guest speakers from many countries.
    You can call +38 0642 53 34 40 beforehand to know if they gather the next weekend.
    They also invite English-speaking guests of the city as guest speakers to their meetings.

    Please take a look at the homepage of Window on America exhibition and workshop:
    Window on America
    Some 1990 pictures of Luhansk
    Web Cameras of Luhansk

    Phone: +38 0642 53 34 40

    Website: http://www.library.lg.ua/w_usa/

    The entrance to the T eacher Training University Young people Young people Lots of young people attending the concert Lots of young people attending the concert
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    Watch the Wedding Ceremonies

    by hunterV Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    You can watch many newly-weds arriving to Druzhba hotel at the weekend.
    This place has long become a photo session place for the local newly-weds.
    They have their pictures taken as a couple and with their relatives and friends.
    There is a symbolic bridge near the hotel and the newly-weds leave their locks at its railings as a symbol of long-term relationship.

    Our company at the bridge A view of Druzhba hotel, Luhansk
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    Celebrations in City Districts

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    Holiday Program in the City Districts
    Artyom District
    December 26, 10 a.m. – Dedication of the District's New Year's Day Tree
    : square in front of the District Soviet;
    December 27 – 31 – Children’s sports competitions “Merry Starts”
    (District Soviet Square);
    December 29, 10 a.m. – New Year's Day party
    Ukrainian Drama Theater, Oboronnaya Street;
    December 31 – District Council Square, 6 p.m. – New Year's Day party and performance;
    9 p.m. – 3 a.m. – New Year's Dance
    October District
    December 27, 10 a.m. – Fairy Tale Festival “Samurai-2008”
    “Bogatyr” Club;
    December 29, 4 p.m. – Dedication of the District New Year's Day Tree
    Hoduvantsev Squar;
    Stone Ford District
    December 23-26, 10 a.m., 12.00 – New Year's Day Fairy Tale,
    assembly hall of the District Council;
    December 27, 4 p.m. – “My Dear Winter” folklore holiday
    Lenin Square
    Lenin District
    December 25 – 27, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. – Children’s New Year's Day Party, Ukrainian Drama Theater, Oboronnaya Street;
    December 26, 3 p.m. – holiday program of “Harmony” Family Club, Luhansk regional Gorki Library, Sovietskaya Street;
    December 29, 3 p.m. , Shchors Park – young people’s entertainment program.

    Theater Square theme park in winter, Luhansk Vladimir Shevchenko Street, Luhansk Vladimir Shevchenko Street, Luhansk Celebrate with Father Frost and Snow Maiden!
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    Popular Folk Dances

    by hunterV Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    Another hit of our folk dance groups are Gypsy dances that are often performed at different city festivities at the stage.
    They use hand-made costumes and recorded Gypsy music that is so lively and breath-taking. The audience always bursts into applause.

    Another hit among the local amateur dancers is the Arab dance that can have lots of variations and can be seen in any city of Luhansk region along with Turkish dances.

    Kids are great lovers of folk dances.
    There are several kids dance ensembles that have a good name and perform at different stages in Ukraine.
    This one (on the picture here) performs a German dance at the city festival.

    Girls are especially fond of dancing, even more than of singing.
    They are very active at all school and city festivities such as City Day that takes place on the second weekend of September.
    These girls had some rest before performing at the stage in Heroes Square during a City Day festival.

    Gypsy dances at the City Day, Luhansk Gypsy dances at the City Day, Luhansk Arab dances at the City Day, Luhansk German dances at the City Day, Luhansk Happy dances at the City Day, Luhansk
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    Special Impressions

    by hunterV Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    You would have very special impressions of these hoilidays if your stay in the city coincides with one of the holidays.

    Youth Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in June. It is marked by young people's sports competitions, shows and concerts. Graduation parties at high schools were usually held on that day or on its eve.
    Now the school program is changing and the parties are held in late May.

    February 15 is Afghan War Memorial Day.
    On that day the participants of that war gather near Afghan Memorial (behind Luhansk Hotel), make speeches, sing soldiers' songs, lay flowers to the memorial paying tribute to the victims of that war.

    Shevchenko National University, Luhansk Shevchenko National University, Luhansk Shevchenko National University park Shevchenko National University park

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    Winter Holidays

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    Note: the year doesn't matter for such events take place every year.
    This is just an example how we celebrate in the city:
    Festival program
    for the residents of Luhansk
    and guests of the city

    December 25 – January 13: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
    Lenin Palace of Culture – New Year's Day Fairy Tale Party

    December 26 – 27, 10 a.m. – City Cup in light athletics
    “Dinamo” athletics hall, “Vanguard” stadium, Oboronnaya Street

    December 27, Theater Square
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Gala party “Dedication of the City's New Year's Day Tree”
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Children’s Holiday “Hurrah, Holidays!”
    5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “On the Eve of the New Year” holiday program;
    8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Entertainment program for the young people

    December 28
    10 a.m. – chess tournament
    of the city executives and deputies,
    Regional Chess and Draughts Club;

    December 31, Theater Square
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – City children’s holiday “Hallo, New Year!”
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – sports holiday;
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – “Happy New Year, fellow countrymen!”
    holiday program;
    9 p.m. - 9.15 p.m. – Fireworks display;
    9.15 p.m. – 3 a.m. – young people’s holiday program

    Our New Year Tree is over 20 m high (Theater Sq.) The night view of our New Year Tree The night view of our New Year Tree Luna Park behind the New Yar Tree, Luhansk Celebrations @ the New Year Tree, Luhansk
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    Spring Arabesques

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    This is the name of a new festival,
    International Young People's Folk Dance Festival that takes place in Luhansk on the last week of April at the City Conference Center in Luxemburg Square.
    In 2004 five countries took part in that festival: Moldova, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, China and Uzbekistan.
    The festival program was very busy and picturesque. Lots of local groups and folk dance groups from the neighboring Ukrainian regions came to take part at the festival.
    The festival was oranized by Barvinok young people's union of Luhansk.

    Children St.Vladimir Old houses in Stone Ford, Luhansk
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    New Streets and Lanes

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    We have a brand new tradition: all the new streets and lanes have neutral and very nice names.
    They are rarely called after people, only perhaps after some scientists or outstanding artists.
    There is a large district on the southern ouskirts of Luhansk called Vidny ("Prominent District").
    It consists of three parts: Vidny-1 (closer to the aiport);
    Vidny-2 (out in the steppe :-);
    Vidny-3 (medical university area).
    I have noticed very beaitiful names in this district when we went to the election station of our district. We live close to Vidny and here is what I have found out.
    New street names in Luhansk can rarely be found in any other city or town of Ukraine:

    Chestnut Street, Strawberry Street, Cossacks Street, Crystal Street,
    Forest Park Street, Memorial Street, Wheat Street, Chilly Street,
    Rainbow Street, Christmas Street, Watercolor Lane, Picturesque Lane,
    Maple Lane, Flower Lane, Lilac Lane, Bright Lane,
    Decorative Street, Sunday Street, Aviation Street, Vanguard Street,
    April Street, Warsaw Street, Academician Pavlov Street, Mikhail Bulgakov Street,
    Andrey Rublyov Street, St.Basil the Blessed Street, Charls Darwin Street and many others.

    I believe all those new names would have been unthinkable twenty years ago.
    I guess it would be a riddle for any cab driver to find any of those streets unless you specify the district. You only have to say, "Vidny" and add the number, if your friends let you know before. Otherwise you would have to buy a city atlas and look for the desired street yourself or with the kind help of your local friends.

    A Driving past Druzhba Hotel Driving past Luhansk Hotel At Luhansk Hotel Rossiya Shopping Mall, Luhansk
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    Graffiti of Luhansk

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    There is a web site containing major Ukrainian graffiti, among them several from Luhansk.
    You can see them in many corners of the city, if you are attentive and inquisitive enough.
    Lots of concrete fences and walls of technical buildings have become "canvases" for local folk artists. We admire their works on the way to/from work.
    Some of them are almost professional high-end street pictures, others are just combination of letters that are hard to read and are only understandable to their creators...
    You can see this graffiti in Stadium Square that is also called Fair Square for many fairs are held here on weekends.
    This graffiti reads,
    Zaria – champion forever
    Zaria is the local soccer club that is playing in the Premiere League now. Its colors are black and white. Hence the second picture.

    Zaria ? champion forever Can you make this out? I couldn At the city picture gallery, Shevchenko Street At the city picture gallery, Shevchenko Street
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    Visiting Orthodox Temples

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    You might be interested to read special rules for visiting Orthodox churches before going there.
    I have discovered these rules recently myself and decided to translate them for you, dear fellow travelers, to avoid any misunderstanding when you set out to visit an Orthodox church.

    Rules of Behavior in the Temple
    - Come to the temple in good time for the beginning of the divine service;

    - Enter the temple quietly and with reverence as to the God’s House,
    the mysterious abode of the Heavenly King;

    - Ladies can only enter the temple modestly dressed and with a covered head;

    - Ladies cannot enter the temple in man’s clothes, that is, in pants;

    - Before entering the temple ladies should wipe the lipstick. It is inadmissible to kiss sacred things with lipstick put on lips;

    - According to the ancient custom men should stand in the right-hand part of the temple (opposite the Savior’s icon) and the ladies – in its left-hand part (opposite of the icon of the Mother of God);

    - It is not allowed to walk about the temple and to light candles during:
    · entering with a censer and reading the Gospel ;
    · singing “Our Father” “Cherubs’ Song”, “Mother of God”;

    - It is inadmissible to kiss icons, to purchase things at the icons’ shop, to light candles and to submit requiem notes during the service. It should be done before or after the service in order to keep the order during the service;

    - You cannot leave the temple before the end of the divine service without urgency for it is disrespect and a sin before God.
    ..................................................................................................................

    The entrance to the temple St.Peter and St.Paul The cathedral Icins of St.Peter and St.Paul at the wall outside Inside the temple
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    Movie Theaters

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    At present there are three operating movie theaters in the city whose ads can be seen at bus stops:
    - at the East End (October District):
    “Mir” movie theater
    at 33a Komarov Block;
    Tel. +38 0642 47 43 96, +38 0642 056

    - at the central district (Lenin District) there are two movie theaters:
    1) “Cosmos” movie theater at 1B Lermontov Street;
    Tel. +38 0642 53 83 72

    2) “Looch” (“Ray”) at 16 Chelyuskintsev Street (next to “Good Zone” nightclub);
    Tel. +38 0642 59 59 80

    Website: http://lugansk.netfirms.com

    A ticket to Bistro in Parkhomenko St, Old Town, Luhansk Regional Palace of Culture, Luhansk A view of the West End , Luhansk
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    Days of Open Doors

    by hunterV Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    This is an invitation to the Open Doors Day at Shevchenko National Teacher-Training University.

    www.lgpu.lg.ua
    The University Day is held traditionally on March 1 every year.
    The diverse program includes a huge festival, meetings and concerts.
    Such days are held by many higher educational establishments and schools of the city.

    Welcome to Shevchenko University! March 1, Luhansk www.lgpu.lg.ua: Shevchenko University, Luhansk A view of the university Regional Gorky library visited by students The monument to Boyan at the entrance
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