Моя страна Украина / My country Ukraine
My name is Milena, and I was born in Ukraine, I live here is about 15 years. Ukraine is my Motherland and I`m very proud to live here. So I`d like to tell you about my country.
Ukraine is one of the largest countries of Eastern Europe. The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv. It is an independent state and it has it`s own government. It has state borders with Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It also borders on Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In the south it is washed by the Black and the Azov seas. The population of Ukraine is about 47 million people.
People who live in Ukraine are Ukrainians. They all speak Ukrainian, the official language of the country. The national currency in Ukraine is hryvnia.
In general the climate of Ukraine is moderately continental, being subtropical only on the southern coast of the Crimea.
The biggest cities are: Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and some others.
There are a lot of plaaces to see in Ukraine and to be proud of. There the Carpathians with their legends, castles, cathedrals and unique traditions. There`s Kyiv-one of the oldest cities in Europe, with it`s historical monuments, museums, theatres, exhibitions halls, art galleries and it`s rich cultural life. The Ukrainians are a gregarious people who will often gather in cafes or street markets to socialize. A common practice is for friends to visit each other at home to spend time chatting over tea.
We have many holidays in Ukraine, but I would like to tell you about the main of them. First it is the New Year. It`s my favourite holiday, it`s so incredible to decorate the New Year Tree, to dance near it and to receive presents. Then in a week there is Christmas. In Ukraine it is an old and popular holiday. In the morning boys go from house to house, sing traditional carols and wish everything good to the people. The people give them sweets, apples, cookies and some money. The 8th of March is the Women`s Day. We give presents to our mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends. On the 1st of May we celebrate May Day. On the 9th of May we have Victory Day. It`s a great holiday. We say «Thank you very much» to old people who took part in the Great Patriotic War and defended our Motherland against fascists. Also, in spring we have Easter, usually people bakes cakes and paint the colour eggs. On the 24th of August we celebrate Independence Day. The 1st of September is a holiday for everybody who studies.
Every country has its own national dish. In Ukraine we have too some national dishes. One of the dishes known all over the world is varenyky. They are very tasty with sour scream. Everybody who tastes it says it`s really delicious. Another dish that cannot be compared to is Ukrainian borshch. I don`t think that someone can cook it better than our Ukrainian women.
And I write a poem about Ukraine:
Oh! Ukraine our Motherland
Full of beauty, full of love
Full magnificent scenes.
The people are so hospitable
Yet so strong like a diamond
All, your children they,
Have something in common
despite they all come from
/>Oh! My Motherland, Ukraine, I love you!