3 Ukrainian Pieces was written and inspired by the brave people of Ukraine, represented by their president, elected leaders, and civil society.
1 – VERBNA VERDIYA 4’10
On Willow Sunday, which in Ukraine is called the Verbna Nedilya, people commemorate the date of Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem. In Western countries, this day is called Palm Sunday, but because there is no palm in Ukraine, locals replaced it with a willow branch. As such, there is an ancient custom that suggests striking your family members with a pile of willows, as the consecrated willow has a purifying power and heals all diseases and evil spirits.
2. MASLENISTA 3’55
In the old days Maslenitsa was for remembrance of the dead. So the burning of the figure of Maslenitsa means her funeral, and blini (pancakes) – coliphia. But with time the Russians longing for fun and entertainment turned the sad holiday into jolly Maslenitsa with blini – round, yellow and hot as the sun, sledding and horse sleigh riding, fistfights and mother-in-law chatting. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.
Ukraine’s fighting spirit has inspired most of the world on their side, providing financial, medicinal and military aid. This movement is dedicated to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy who gave a speech on Mar. 8th, his words embodying what it means to be Ukrainian right now, to fight for their freedom. Zelenskyy said, “We will fight until the end, at sea, in the air. We will continue fighting for our land, whatever the cost.”