Talking about modern Ukrainian customs and traditions is necessary to emphasize that Ukrainians are proud of colorful cultures. They love good food and drink and enjoy life.
Most Ukrainian middle classes and lower city groups live in an apartment in multi-family houses; Only quite rich people can afford to build cottages in or outside the city.
Ukrainians have a deep love for the country. Many families have a small country house, called "dacha". They can grow just about anything in their beautiful gardens, seeds and farms. Some grow only food for their own consumption. They spend time interpreting vegetables and making compote from various fruits during the summer to make it through the long cold winter. They always have something in their homes to serve guests.
The modern average Ukrainian family has two parents and usually one or two children. At the same time, the growing number of single parents is usually a woman who returns children. As in many other countries, some young people are unmarried who live together and share homes. Bringing a child in Ukraine is very expensive now; Therefore, many couples decided to have only one child, or even no children. Children have a tendency to live there parents long after they finish school. Sometimes children need to trust their parents in financial matters where youth unemployment is very high. Newborn couples often live with their parents because they have no money to buy or rent a house or apartment on their own. Often one or both grandfathers live together with their children, and take care of little children. Grandparents play a major role in raising children in Ukraine.
In the village, families are usually bigger and the whole family works on the farm (or patch they own) together. Most parents living in the country want their children to get more education so that they send them to study in big cities. After 5 years of study, children will get used to the life of the city and rarely go home.
In their struggle to survive, humans become less dependent on each other within families. But parents still think it's important to teach their children daily skills and fundamental values of life. The result of a repeated national survey showed that the most important values parents want to teach their children are honesty, common sense, purposelessness, responsibility, good humanity, and obedience to parents. Adults believe that children should have expected them to be successful.
Like most others, like Ukrainians like festivals and joy. They usually try to cook many good dishes and offer a lot of friends and relatives to their place. Another thing that Ukrainians love to do is talk (while strolling, in cafes and restaurants, or at home over a cup of tea or coffee or other drinks). The conversation tends to be light, relaxing, humorous and sometimes philosophical. Many Ukrainians enjoy picnics in the woods or somewhere water at almost any time of year. Picnics often include shashlik or barbequed meat, homemade salads and sometimes alcohol. Ukrainians love to sit around to cook at night and snack, drink and sing songs on the guitar.
Popular sports in Ukraine include football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and hiking (walking in the woods). Gym clubs have been featured everywhere. Yoga and martial arts are also popular. Mountaineering and rock climbing can be found. Diving, cruise and even golf has recently become available. Increasingly popular in Ukraine are all types of high sports (mountain biking, rafting, mountain biking, play club etc.). And, generally, all types of active recreation (hiking, biking, boating, horse riding, skiing, etc.).
Not everyone will do what we have described above. Some Ukrainians culture will beat you as incomprehensible and intolerable, while others' Behavior and attitude will seem sensible and compatible with your own.