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Didukh installed in Lviv (21)

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5748791 08.01.2019 Men play instruments during the Orthodox Christmas parade in Lviv, Ukraine. Stringer / Sputnik

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5748792 08.01.2019 Children dressed in folk costumes react during the Orthodox Christmas parade in Lviv, Ukraine. Stringer / Sputnik

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5748793 08.01.2019 People dressed in folk costumes hold symbols of the star of Bethlehem during the Orthodox Christmas parade in Lviv, Ukraine. Stringer / Sputnik

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5748794 08.01.2019 People hold symbols of the star of Bethlehem during the Orthodox Christmas parade in Lviv, Ukraine. Stringer / Sputnik

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5748795 08.01.2019 People dressed in folk costumes hold symbols of the star of Bethlehem during the Orthodox Christmas parade in Lviv, Ukraine. Stringer / Sputnik

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Participants carry zvizdy (Christmas Stars) during the procession held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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Lviv city head Andrii Sadovyi (L) gives pampukhy (donuts) to carollers partaking in the procession of zvizdari (Christmas Star carriers) held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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Lviv city head Andrii Sadovyi (2nd L) holds a Christmas star during the procession of zvizdari (Christmas Star carriers) at the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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A participant carries this year's main zvizda (Christmas Star) - 'Berehynia' - during the procession held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. The star's 12 rays feature Ukrainian women of various ethnic communities who wish the country good fortune. As reported, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv every year. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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Lviv city head Andrii Sadovyi (L) is surrounded by carollers as he poses for a group photo during the procession of zvizdari (Christmas Star carriers) held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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Young women in white coats carry zvizdy (Christmas Stars) during the procession held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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A participant carries a zvizda (Christmas Star) to the tunes of a folk band during the procession held as part of the Spalakh rizdvianoi zvizdy (The Flash of the Christmas Star) Festival in Lviv, western Ukraine, January 8, 2019. Every year, enthusiasts take to the streets of Lviv. They bring handmade Christmas Stars, known in Ukraine as zvizdy. Traditionally, these star-shaped creations are carried by groups of carollers who go from house to house congratulating people on Orthodox Christmas. Ukrinform.

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A girl in a maroon floral headscarf is pictured during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes are pictured during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes hold out their hands during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes are pictured during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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A child in a national costume partakes in a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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The traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, towers above the crowd in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes are pictured during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes are pictured during a ceremony to erect the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, in Yavorskoho Square, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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Children in national costumes walk along a street in a procession heading for Yavorskoho Square where the traditional Ukrainian Christmas decoration made of wheat sheaves, the didukh, is due to be placed, Lviv, western Ukraine, January 6, 2019. Ukrinform.

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