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DYKAN'KA - Village and center of the Dykan'ka district located 25 km from Poltava. This village, first mentioned in documents dating to 1658, was the ancestral home of the Kochubey family. Only a few "Kochubey" trees remain of the ancient grove that once surrounded the palace. The palace, designed by the architect Cuarengi contained over 100 rooms, an art gallery, museum, and library, all of which were destroyed during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. In 1668 rebellious Kozaks killed Hetman Bryukhovetsky in Dykan'ka (he was buried in Hadyach). In 1709, on the eve of the Battle of Poltava, Hetman I. Mazepa was billeted here. The army staff of Sweden's King Charles XII was billeted in the nearby village of Velyki Budyshcha. MYKOLAYIVSKA (ST. NICHOLAS' ) CHURCH 1794; BELL TOWER, 1810. Built in the Classical style by the architect N.Lvov, this was the ancestral church and tomb of the Kochubey family. It once housed a museum of atheism and a branch of an ethnographic museum. TROYITSKA (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCH, 1780. Built in the Baroque style by the architect M.Orlov. According to legend, Vakula, one of the characters in Hohol's story "Christmas Eve" painted the devil in this church. An Ethnographic Museum are located in the village. Poltava's Historic Cities

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Last updated:   9 August, 1999
I am very happy and very grateful to my mama, Kolyada (Kolisnyk) Halyna, and to my dad, Kolyada Fedir (1925-87), for being born at so famous place on the World at the place well-known all over the world - the village of Kolyady! Let me try to describe where this godly place is and what this word means "Kolyada" in Ukraine as well as in Russia and in several ( Slavic ) countries also.
    Kolyady is a small village located in Poltava region of Ukraine, more precisely in between the villages of Dykan'ka (25 km), Hoholeve (Yanovshchyna)(4 km), Velyki  Sorochyntsi (22 km) and Shyshaky (16 km), and was founded by two brothers Kolyada who where Ukrainian Kozaks (maybe at least one of them was there ...).
Zaporozhtsi write a letter to the turkish sultan, by I. Repin

     I guess that Mykola Hohol' visited the village Kolyady and this is what my so famous "countryman" wrote about " Kolyada " in his "Christmas Eve" - "... The people in our parts go caroling beneath the windows of the cottages on Christmas eve. The singers always receive gifts from the mistress or master of the house, or whoever is at home, of a sausage, or a loaf of bread, or a copper coin, depending on what they have. We call the carols kolyadki, and they say that there was once a fool in Christ called Kolyada, whom the people took to be God. Who knows, maybe there was. It's not for us simple folk to say, at any rate. Last year Father Osyp tried to forbid the singing of kolyadki round the villages, because he said people were thereby making gifts to the devil himself. But the truth of the matter is that the kolyadki don't have a word in them about Kolyada. People mostly sing about the nativity of  Christ; at the end they wish the master, mistress, their children and all the household the best of health. ..." (The original of this in Russian is there ). More about "Kolyada" one can find below.
Ukrainian Bandurist ChorusCarolingChristmas Traditions in Ukraine

Christmas Carols - Kolyadky sound samplesSviata VecheraChristmas & Holiday Traditions

Christmas SpiritsUkrainian Traditions

ChristmastimeOur Chrismmas Traditions

Ukrayins'ka Ideya/Ukrainian Idea
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Любіть Україну у сні й наяву,

вишневу свою Україну,

красу її, вічно живу і нову,

і мову її солов'їну.

      Володимир Сосюра
Ukrainian Poetry Library.
VELYKI SOROCHYNTSI -- Village on the Psel river in the Myrhorod district. Founded in the 17th cent., the village was the residence of Hetman D. Apostol in the 18th cent. The Sorochyntsi Fair is held yearly on the last Sunday of August. PREOBRAZHENSKA (TRANSFIGURA- TION) CHURCH, 1732. Built in the Ukrainian Baroque style, the church was the burial place of the Ukrainian Kozak Hetmans. It contains an unique carved iconostasis (20 m long and 17 m high), one hundred 17 cent. paintings, and icons of the church's patrons – the Hetman and his wife Ulyana. Mykola Hohol' was baptized in this church.

HOHOLEVE (Vasylivka, Yanovshchyna) -- Village in the Shyshaky district and the ancestral home of Vasyl' Hohol'-Yanovsky (1777-1825). Mykola Hohol' spent his childhood and adolescence here and returned in later years to visit his mother and sisters. In 1984 the Mykola Hohol's parents' estate (house, pavilion, and park) was reconstructed. Today it houses a museum and cultural preserve (by the way my father was working  some time there). Poltava's Historic Cities

Mykola HOHOL' -- (1809 - 1852)

Links to pages about
Mykola Hohol' (Nikolai Gogol')

Fenomen Hoholia (V.Burban) - InfoUkes Bookstore - World of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol - Odessa Globe  -  Nikolai Gogol Page  -   Project Gutenberg  -   Andrew Chrucky


What do you say about this MAN!?