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St. Nicholas Day for Ukrainian Children in Cavan


The beginning of winter has always been a magical time for both children and adults. It marks the start of an enchanting fairy tale, with snowstorms, a caravan of celebrations that kick off with St. Nicholas Day. Now, all of this may seem like a happy pre-war past. However, our front is not only on the front lines. We must not allow the holiday to be stolen from the most vulnerable—our children. That’s why adults try to create a magical atmosphere for the little ones, especially in such challenging times. Because it is a psychological need for children—to feel safe and protected.

120 Ukrainian children, aged 2 to 15, who were forced to leave Ukraine due to the hostilities, celebrated St. Nicholas Day in County Cavan at the Ukrainian Cultural Center.


The children participated in New Year’s master classes, decorated Christmas trees, painted festive bags, and made cards for friends with instructors Julia Shapoval, Lyudmila Vechirko, Irina Treus, and other volunteers who prepared treats and helped organize this wonderful and bright St. Nicholas Day celebration.

One of the special features of the holiday was that the children actively participated in its preparation. They helped decorate the Ukrainian Development Center, prepared costumes for the performance, and rehearsed dances. This allowed the children to feel like true hosts of the holiday.

The event took place with the support of Cavan County Local Development and the Association of Ukrainians in the Republic of Ireland. It was opened with welcoming words by AURI Chairman Sergiy Balan. He greeted the children and parents, wished peace in Ukraine, and a swift return home.

After the master classes, the guests enjoyed a festive performance put on by the youngest children aged 4 to 10. They played roles as angels, imps, St. Nicholas, and stars. Their skill did not go unnoticed: in gift bags, the children found Ukrainian sweets and educational board games.

At the event, they not only had fun but also did a good deed—distributed a charitable calendar from AURI, and the funds raised will go towards an ambulance for Ukraine.