Instead of Santa Claus Kiev with the New year will congratulate Saint Nicholas
The mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko approved the program of celebration of New year and Christmas in the Ukrainian capital, is notified by the city administration.
According to the document, for example, on December 19, will be the opening of the residence and the festival of St. Nicholas on the area of the National reserve " Sophia of Kyiv ". On the same day at St. Sophia square will open the main Christmas tree of the country.
December 20, from the building of the Kyiv city state administration to Sophia square the parade of volunteer helpers of St. Nicholas.
It is on St. Sophia square will be the main festive events, and not on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, as before.
Oleh Skrypka, the founder of the international festival " Country of dreams ", which will present its program in Kyiv on 7 January, first said that the New year in Ukraine often consisted of an eclectic American and Soviet New year ", which meant " competition for children between Santa Claus and father Frost "." rather I want to remember St. Nicholas ", - he was quoted saying.