Wandering the Edge
Ukrainian New Year's Celebrations
In this video from Kyiv Post, Malanka celebrations take place in the village of Krasnoilsk in the Chernivtsi oblast. On Jan. 13-14, thousand of people in costumes take to the streets of their village with performances, songs and dances to celebrate the Ukrainian New Year. The tradition dates back to 1431. When this region of Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union in 1940, the tradition of Malanka was officially banned. Nonetheless, it has been preserved in Krasnoilsk to this day.