It is hardly possible at present, perhaps, to establish with accuracy, from when does the notion of family and the family exist, in essence. People from the first day of their appearance on Earth created families. Perhaps at that time there was still no such principle of creating a family, like love and feelings.
Most people united because they understood: it is impossible to live alone, it is necessary that there are always people nearby who will support at a difficult moment.
For primitive people, the family or community was important in order to earn livelihood, raise the offspring. In any case, the family is something special, not just the decision of two people to live together, give birth to children, educate them.
A family is what unites people and makes them stronger so that they can cope with life’s difficulties together. In addition, when there are loving people and friendly relations in the family, then it becomes much easier to live.
What is a strong, friendly family, in which love and understanding reign, the Ukrainians know most. Ukrainian families have always been numerous, the more children, the more joy in life. It is Ukrainians who create their families not simply because the family should be.
Ukrainians have always sought to create families in which life will proceed peacefully, kindly and happily, when every member of the family lives in love and harmony. There is no country other than Ukraine in which the traditions of the family have been passed with such warmth from generation to generation and they have reached the present day in the same form as they were many years ago.
украин Ukrainian weddings and holidays are very rich in traditions and ceremonies, which are always celebrated in large scale and noisy. What is most interesting, in Ukraine there are several forms of marriages, each of which is unusual and interesting in its own way. Where else is it possible to celebrate a wedding in an original way and in different ways, as in Ukraine?
Each young couple is offered a choice of any form of marriage: theft of a girl, a wedding by contract, the purchase of a bride, the marriage of a girl before the wedding, and others. Currently, some of these forms of marriage are not so often used, but they are remembered and there are times when such cases occur.
One of the forms of marriage in Ukraine is the theft of a girl. This form of marriage is as follows. A young man during a dance can steal a girl from a rich and noble family. The positive results mainly depend, of course, on the young person, whether he can immediately hide the girl in such a way that her relatives can not find her within 24 hours.
In addition, he must make a proposal to the girl and do it so that she agrees. In the event that a girl agrees to marry her kidnapper, then the parents can no longer refuse, because the customs require that they give their daughter in marriage.
The marriage of a girl in Ukraine before the wedding was convenient in the event that the girl was deceived by the guy. Then, if the matchmakers came to the girl, she did not have the right to take out “garbuza” (pumpkin) as it is done during the refusal, because the wedding was in her interests, in order to cover up her sin.
There was another custom in Ukraine when a wedding could save a person who was sentenced to death. However, to date, this form of marriage is no longer relevant, and it only remained in memory. With this form of marriage, a young girl could save a guy sentenced to death if she wanted to marry him.
Early marriages were common in Ukraine when the age of the bride could reach only 14 years, but over time this age has increased and now the average age of young people who create the family is the same as in most countries.
The best time for a wedding in Ukraine is spring, because this is the time of revival of all life after the winter cold. Among the week to celebrate the wedding is not accepted, so celebrations are always held on weekends.If you do not observe all customs, traditions and rites, then the life of the young will not be happy and prosperous.
For a long time in Ukraine, only wedding customs were used, and the church wedding was almost completely ignored. Wedding for Ukrainians was not considered something special and was represented only in the form of a legal document. After the wedding, young people could already live together for a while and only then they could play a wedding.
However, after all, the church has made sure that the wedding takes place on the day of the wedding, because the church marriage is a kind of sacrament, which provides for even closer rapport of young people with each other and with God. Because of this, to date, church marriages in Ukraine have become an obligatory ceremony of marriage.
The whole wedding is held in Ukraine in three stages: pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding stage. Before the wedding, marriage, engagement and bride-watching are provided. Usually the house where the girl lives is already reaching the age when you can marry, decorate, thus, showing that the owners of the house are ready to accept matchmakers. In the event that a young man was refused in the village in each house, then the bride was sent to a neighboring village.
All matchmaking in Ukraine takes place in the form of jokes, when the girls ask for the hands of the girl, her parents in the form of jokes, fables or merry songs. If a girl refuses a guy, then a “garbage” is brought into the house, which is considered a symbol of refusal. This is a very interesting custom of the girl’s refusal, which has survived to this day precisely because of its originality.
After the matchmaking, the bride and the house of the young man, where they look, in which house the girl was to live, and what kind of economy to lead, take place. Engagement is also a grandiose celebration, attended by all relatives, both from the bridegroom and the bride. Only after the engagement has already begun preparation for the most important celebration, which should be the main event in the life of young people.