**Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper)** Sviatia Vecheria is a twelve meatless dish supper which represents the twelve Apostles the is had on Christmas. This tradition brings family even closer over the holidays. The tradition of the supper can be tracked back to pre-Christmas times and connected to the remembrance of the souls of deceased ancestors.
**Ukrainian Eggs** Along with cracking eggs, it is a Ukrainian Easter tradition to paint eggs. First you drain the eggs by poking a very tiny hole in it with a sharp pin at the top and wait for it to drain, which can sometimes take all night. Once they are drained and dried, you paint a traditional pattern or style on it.
**Kutia** Kutia is a sweet grain pudding, traditionally served in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and some parts of Poland. Kutia is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper (also known as Svyatah Vecherya).
**Drinking Customs** Drinking in Ukraine is a cultural phenomenon. It doesn't mean that everybody can be considered as being an alcoholic, but drinking in company is encouraged. Drinking a bottle of vodka for three is not considered as excessive. Nevertheless, after this "normal portion" people have to "cure" themselves by drinking a small amount of alcohol the next morning, they call it "opokhmelitsya".
**Eggs Cracking Cont.** You crack the eggs by holding them in your hand with the skinny end up while somebody holds theirs with the skinny eggs down. They smack the egg tips together and whoever's crack loses. Then you continue the cracking around the table and the person who's egg didn't crack wins. It is also a tradition that you eat the hard boiled egg after it has been cracked.
**Kutia Cont.** It is rarely served at other times of the year. It was part of a common Eastern Orthodox tradition in the Russian Empire, which had waned in popularity as a result of the official atheism of the former Soviet Union, but has had a subsequent resurgence in Ukraine, Belarus and other former Soviet Republics. Radonitsa is one such holiday during which it is served. To this day kutia is served at funerals across Russia as a dish of remembrance.
**Food Customs & Traditions** The Ukraine customs and traditions in cooking are based on a combination of fresh or pickled fruits and vegetables, meat, mushrooms and herbs. Recipes often include these items because of the customs and traditions.
**Whole Milk etc.** In Ukraine it is a custom that people eat fatty foods such as whole milk, sour cream, butter, etc. Sometimes people even go to villages just to get whole milk because it is considered to be beneficial for children and worth the extra effort. Ukrainian people like to cook and their appetite for freshly made food means that they practically don't eat any junk food.
**Kutia Cont. 2** Traditionally it was made of wheatberries, poppy seeds, honey (or sugar), various nuts and sometimes raisins. In many recipes milk or cream is also used. In some Slavic countries, rice is the main ingredient.
**Egg Cracking** It is a Ukrainian tradition that on Easter, you boil white eggs in onion skins to turn them dark brown, then crack them with your family. Your family sits around the table, while somebody hands around a basket full of dark brown eggs. After that the winner from last year starts the cracking. Cont. to next picture