The Window on America Center in Dnipro is designed to provide up-to date information on the United States.
The mission of our Center is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Ukraine.
10 October, 2015
Ukraine’s protectors’ Day
This Saturday the Gabfest Club (Window on America center, Dnipropetrovsk
/ Ukraine) was very lucky – we had 3 guests from
the USA and 1 guest from Australia. The newcomers to the Club were very much
The session started with presenting a gratitude
gift to our departing volunteer from Australia - Mr. Eric Kneller. The
Club-members want Eric to have sweet memories about his time at Gabfest, so
they presented him a pack of chocolates and cookies made in Dnipropetrovsk.
Eric was very pleased and touched with this gift.
To break the ice we started to introduce the
guests into the realm of Ukrainian public holidays. The coming Ukraine’s
protectors’ Day (October, 14) became a very challenging topic both for
Ukrainian anв foreign Club members. Very few
managed to explain why the date of the holiday was changed. But more
complicated was the religious and historical background of the holiday. The
Slavic word Pokrov, has a complex meaning. First of all, it refers to a cloak
or shroud, but it also means protection or intercession. For this reason, the
name of the feast is often translated as Feast of the Intercession. The subject
of Ukrainian Cossacks and their martial arts had to be introduced and was very
interesting for the 12 y.o. William from Alabama.
The official topic of the session was “World
Teachers’ Day”. We examined the official website of the day, learned the theme
for the year 2015. The group was offered a list of questions about teaching and
teachers. The foreign guests also asked questions about the traditions at local
schools and problems that Ukrainian teachers face.
The session introduced complicated topics, but
all participants enjoyed the challenges to their minds.