In Ukraine, the tradition of Christmas caroling lasts up to 40 days in some regions. It opens a door into a reality connecting past generations with those of today, heavens with the earth, and in which the the mundane gives way to festivity for old and young. This happens in villages and in cities, outdoors and indoors – wherever the teams of carolers might happen to bring ancient and new verses of peace and celebration. You can watch how everyday life gets transformed in a busy Ukrainian metropolis when a swallow leads caroling kids on their yearly quest in this animation put to a cover of Leontovych’s “Щедрик”, known worldwide as Carol of the Bells, produced by Oleh Skrypka.
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