Pryvit (pre-viet) friends!
For this months’ spotlight day I am introducing you to my sweet roommate, Lidia, who is a Ukrainian native. She is a junior like myself, studying International Relations and Development.
What is one of your favorite things about your country?
“The customs (traditions and cultural traits). But most specifically, the Christmas celebration. Christmas is a very unique time for my family from the food dishes, the presents, and the trips to see family. My mom used to teach us Ukrainian songs and poems which made me appreciate this time. It is an overall warm feeling around Christmas time.”
Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its beautiful Orthodox churches and Black sea coastline. It has a population of about 42.5 million people, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Ukrainian customs are heavily influences by the Orthodox Christianity tradition. The culture of Ukraine has also been influenced by its easter and western neighbors, reflected in its architecture, music, and art.
What are some of your favorite Ukrainian food dishes?
“Around Christmas time, I prefer something called “bloody sausage” in English. It is made with buckwheat and pork blood. It sounds weird and gross, but it what my dad and I are very thankful for around Christmas.” Picture below
I miss my grandma’s dumplings, which are simple dumplings but are quite big. My favorite are the ones made with potatoes.”
The traditional Ukrainian diet includes chicken, pork, beef, fish, and mushrooms. Ukrainians also tend to eat a lot of potatoes, grain, and fresh vegetables. Traditional dishes include those mentioned above, varenyky (boiled dumplings) and the bloody sausage.
What is one of your favorite things about LCC?
“I have met a lot of good friends here…including my boyfriend.”
“I really love the professors who are willing to teach people no matter what obstacles the students are going through. They love what they are doing and I appreciate their passion to teach. You start to love LCC when you spend years here and immerse yourself to the underlying campus life.”
-Cameron, Messiah College