Today, January 7, Ukraine is celebrating Orthodox Christmas. The celebration usually starts on Christmas Eve on January 6, which is called Sviata Vecheria or "Holy Supper”. It is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes and takes place in most parts of the country. Kutia is usually a central dish of the supper. Although the recipe has slight territorial variations, it mostly includes wheatberries, poppy seeds and honey. At times, walnuts, dried fruit and raisins are added as well.
Christmas carols, or koliadky, are very popular during the Christmas celebrations, and one of them, Ukrainian Shechdryk, gained popularity all over the world, with its well-known tune being the basis for the English version Carol of the Bells.