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Ukrainian Christmas

Ukrainian Christmas food includes a wide range of dishes which are tasty as well as nutritious. The Christmas Eve in Ukraine is known as ‘Sviaty Vechir’ or Holy Evening at times also as ‘Sviata Vecheria’ or Holy Supper. It is customary to prepare delicious food for the occasion. It is a norm that at least 12 diverse dishes have to be on the table. Among them ‘Kutia’ the customary Ukrainian Christmas food made out of cooked wheat and exquisite syrup comprising diluted honey, grated poppy seeds, raisins and sometimes walnuts is compulsory.

Traditional Ukrainian Christmas Food

Ukrainian Christmas food comprises different preparations including breads, salads, meats, appetizers and side dishes.

Kolach is a ring-shaped classic bread had during Christmas and funerals. The dough is braided, commonly with three strands signifying the Holy Trinity. The braid is again bent to form a circle signifying the circle of life and family.

Kutia is the traditional Ukrainian Christmas food, prepared from poppy seeds, wheat, nuts, honey and seasonings.

Boiled or deep fried pierogis or dumplings with different types of fillings including sauerkraut, mushrooms, smashed poppy seeds, etc happen to be one of the most well-liked Ukrainian Christmas recipes. Doughnuts filled with jam are had for a dessert in Poland and Ukraine.

Significance of Ukrainian Christmas Recipes

Christmas Eve supper is a customarily a twelve-dish course meal prepared in a lot of Eastern European culinary traditions such as those of Polish, Lithunian and Ukrainian. The meal known as Sviata vecheria in Ukrainian Christmas food context comprises twelve meat-free preparations signifying the twelve Apostles or twelve months of the year. The practice of the supper can be related back to the pre-Christian period and linked to the commemoration of the souls of departed ancestors.


There is a practice on Christmas Eve in Western Ukraine and Bukovyna, to leave an extra plate of party food and seat for anyone, like a wanderer, who will be accepted as a guest on that day.