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Malanka Festival | On 13.01 - 15.01.2018 in Vashkivtsi and Chernivtsi

Malanka Festival | On 13.01 - 15.01.2018 in Vashkivtsi and Chernivtsi


On 13th - 14th of January 2018 in Vashkivtsi and on 15th of January 2018 in Chernivtsi will take place Malanka Festival - costume carnival with fabulous procession.

Original name of the event is "Pereberia" which means changing clothes. The main participants are Malanka, Cossack, Buk Shandr, Ukrainian girl, bears, gypsies, grandfather and grandmother - disguised men and boys. Each year new characters appears that often reflected the most important events of the past year and shows them in new vision. Celebration in this format has been going on for more than 100 years.

Malanka Festival begins on January 13, 2018 about 20:00. Participants of the festival walk to the streets of Vashkivtsi and gather in groups, go from house to house and congratulate with Malanka. The roads pass decorated cars with loud music.

At sunrise the carnival moves to the roads of the city to meet visitors. Until the evening through Vashkivtsi village it is not easy to pass through - mummers "catch" cars, buses, even bicyclists and literally force them to take part in the festivital. Generously guests are sprinkled with wheat, wanting a rich and happy year.

Mandatory attribute of the celebration is bathing of participants of Malanka in a small river Teplichka. During bathing participants are cleansed of the evil spirit. Ignore the bathing procedure is prohibited.

Every year thousands of people from many parts of Ukraine and even from far abroad come to Vashkivtsi and number of fans of this carnival becomes more and more. Therefore citizens of Vashkivtsi are preparing for this day for a whole year: write scripts, prepare masks, sew festive clothes. Certainly one should visit this holiday of Ukrainian national traditions at least once in a lifetime.

On January 15, 2018 Malanka Festival move to Chernivtsi where took place fabulous procession on main streets of the city starting from 12:00. Last year 2017 it was 46 participated teams from different villages of Chernivtsi region.

Winners of Malanka Festival in 2017 according to the audience choice were: "Kings of Egypt", Chagor village - 1st place, "Trojan Horse", Horbova village - 2nd place, "Malanka", Horbova village - 3rd place.

Organizers of Malanka Festival in Chernivtsi

Vashkivtsi Citizens and Tourist Organization "Palette Bukovina"
Vashkivtsi Village Center and Chernivtsi City Center
Vashkivtsi, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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