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4/3/2016Ukrainian Weddings Exhibit1/4Intro Page|Links|Contact Us|CreditsWedding Traditionsin UkraineIntroductionUkrainian FolkTraditionWedding in Toporivtsi,BukovynaUkrainian CanadianWeddingsVideo ClipsReflectionsTeacher ResourcesBibliographyGlossarySite Map|HelpWedding Traditions in UkraineUkrainian Folk Tradition ­ Wedding Day PhasePre Wedding PhaseWedding Day PhasePost Wedding PhaseThe wedding celebration usually takes place on Sunday and involves two parts:the church wedding ceremony [vinchannia] and the traditional celebrations atthe homes [vesillia]. The church service serves as the legal sanction for theunion, however in the community's opinion, perhaps the most important part ofthe wedding occurs after the church service, during the vesillia at the bride'shouse.The unplaiting of the braid [rozpletyny]The first rite of preparation on Sunday morning is the unplaiting of the bride'sbraid. She is seated on a bench, which is covered with a pillow. After thestarosty bless her, the bridesmaids or the bride's brother comb her hair andsing ritual songs. After the bride's hair is combed, the bride's hair is braidedagain in a special way and placed on her head in the form of a wreath.Dressing [uberanniia]Once the ceremony of the unplaiting of the braid iscompleted, the bride is dressed in her weddingclothes. Her costume includes a pair of boots,which she received from the groom as a gift theday before the wedding. She also receives thewreath made during the wreath­weaving ceremony.The bride then waits for the arrival of the groom andhis party. The groom's wedding attire includes anembroidered shirt that had been given to him by thebride as a pre­wedding gift.Blessing [blahoslovennia]This is the ritual blessing of the bride and groomby their parents. It usually takes place shortlybefore the wedding ceremony. It may be doneseparately for the bride at the home of herparents and for the groom at the home of hisparents, or it may be combined. In a combined

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