Ritualistic Spring Songs and Dances

  • Ritualistic Spring Songs and Dances
Issue 22, March 2010.

 Velyka Haivka spring ethno festival, April 4-6,
Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life According to ancient tradition during the Ukrainian Easter Sunday holiday young girls perform the ‘haivky’ rituals in front of churches or in cemeteries. In pagan times haivky rituals were performed in sacred groves close to water. These group dances, songs, games and dramatic scenes were believed to serve a magical function with the aim of enticing Spring and chasing Winter away. These songs
and dances personified a funeral for frost and winter, when people attempted to entice and enchant all the good spirits of the reawakened Nature so that it would bring them good luck and wealth. Haivky addressed various subjects.
In some the dancers walked in a circle imitating the rotation of the sun in the sky, while in another the gestures showed the continuity of human life on earth. There was also a group of haivky that spoke about the beauty and industriousness of young maidens, since Spring was also a time when love blossomed. Starting on Easter Sunday Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life will host a fun and festive celebration dubbed Velyka Haivka which will bring these traditions to life and offer a great day out for both kids and adults.

The traditional “Wet Monday” will take place on April 5 at 14.00.
(Address of the museum: Chernecha Hora 1, Tel.: 80322997328.)