There is a proverb: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". It means that a men needs rest after hard work. Very often we are eagerly looking forward to weekends and holidays to enjoy ourselves.
The word "holiday" comes from the words "holy day". Holidays were first religion festivals. Now many holidays have nothing to do with religion. Almost every country has holidays honouring important events in its history.
Some holidays come on the same date of the same month, for instance, New Year's Day or Cristmas. But some do not. Some, such as Easter, are movable holidays.
New Year's Day is very popular all over the world. It ia my favourite holi day. We usually get together, have a big diiiiiei and make big plaiu fur the fu ture.
We celebrate the first day of Cristmas on the 7th of January. On the 6th ufjauuai ? people UUy the wliule house, cook much food because the day after we must not work, we must have a rest. On this day we have a sacred supper or Kolyada. It begins when the first star lights up. As the legend says, this star announced the birth of the God's Son. We celebrate Christmas for three days.
In the evening a group of boys comes. They sing songs. By these songs they congratulate on holiday, wish good crops, long life, no illness and so on. It is interesting to know that only boys must congratulate, because girls bring unhappiness.
Another religious holiday is Easter. It is movable. It is usually the first Sunday after the first fullmoon after the begin-ing of spring. In Ukraine we have special attributes of Easter: Easter eggs, we call them "krashanka" and Easter cakes "paska" that are baked according to the special recipe. It is a very nice spring holiday.
Victory Day is on the 9th of May. It is a sacred holiday for every Ukrainian citizen. Almost every Ukrainian family sent its member to fight against fascist invaders. We are thankful to our grandfathers for the victory.