Christmas collection "From Roman to Jordan"
The star is the symbol of the Bethlehem star that informed about the birth of the Son of God. And the prophets and kings who were on their way to greet the Holy Baby were guided by it. The form of each Christmas star is traditionally eight pointed, but reduced several times. Usually the carolers made a big star from a sieve to which 4 pairs of cattle horns were fixed and glued with colourful paper; they decorated it with ribbons and put a small icon depicting Jesus in the centre of the star. The toys are hand-sewn from natural cotton textile filled with light hypoallergenic padding polyester, painted with Italian acrylics and soaked with the warm flavours of spices and chocolate. These celebrations had religious and domestic and ritual aspects. Our collection will help the young generation of Ukrainians to remember and renew the old winter customs and performances even in urban environment of the 21st century. Taking part in such celebrations, everybody can feel himself a small but essential component in the continuous row of exciting national traditions. The collection consisting of eight stars “From Roman to Jordan” covers the whole Christmas cycle of winter holidays. December,1 is the first winter holiday of St Roman, and January, 19 is the Baptism of Jesus Christ (Epiphany or Jordan) when all water in the whole world becomes sacred and the final washing in an ice hole takes place. Since old times the Ukrainians have been celebrating a number of winter holidays from Roman to Jordan. On the night of December, 13, on St Andrew’s Day girls used to read their fortune and boys would behave naughty. On the eve of December, 19 children write letters to St Nicholas about their good and bad doings and the desired presents, and they find either gifts or stick in the morning. St Nicholas patronizes soldiers, travelers, sailors, helps the poor in hard times. The Holy Supper after the First Star in the sky takes place on January, 6. On this day all the members of the family should get together at home and after the rise of the first star bring the didukh (the reaped sheaf) and taste 12 fast dishes. It is Christmas on January, 7 when people greet one another with the birth of the Son of God who was born to Virgin Mary in Bethlehem in the barn. January, 7-9 is Koliada to which people get prepared beforehand making carolers’ clothes, the star, masks, learning and composing Christmas carols. Every host accepts the carolers gladly, gives them presents and thanks them because the Christmas carol brings to the house peace and prosperity. On January, 12 St Basil’s Day is celebrated and on January, 13 on Generous Eve (Malanka) a festive dinner, not fast, is cooked. Young people sing the whole night and keep company with the dressed in Malanka man.