Up to 20,000 Hasidic pilgrims to arrive in Ukraine

Up to 20,000 Hasidic pilgrims are expected to arrive in Ukraine on September 25, the press office of the State Border Guard Service has told Ukrinform.

“Tomorrow Ukraine expects up to 20,000 pilgrims. In particular, up to 17,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive at Boryspil Airport tomorrow. Their registration will take place at Terminal B. This terminal will be opened specifically for the registration of these flights. Up to 3,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive at airports in Odesa and Vinnytsia tomorrow,” the press office said.

The agency recalled that about 30,000 Hasidic pilgrims visited Ukraine last year. This year, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) falls on the evening of September 29. The holiday will last for two days until the evening of October 1. Ukrainian border guards have currently registered about 250 pilgrims. The largest groups of Hasidic pilgrims are to come on September 25, 26 and 27.

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  1. This will be for the annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman in Uman. It is a mixed blessing for the locals because they spend quite a lot but unfortunately some, although not all, behave badly, drink like lunatics and harass local girls. A friend of mine has a holiday home near there. It is an unremarkable town, but it has a spectacularly beautiful park and botanical garden which is maintained in excellent condition. I visited this lovely park some years back, not during the pilgrimage time, but nevertheless there were large numbers of these guys, in their 18th century dress, ringlets and big hats. They actually looked quite comical, which was enhanced because most appeared to be drunk and smoking cigarettes, which looked somewhat like a Benny Hill sketch! It should be also said that there is a tragic history there: the nazi invaders rounded up the entire, sizable Jewish population and murdered them, looting the bodies just like putler’s ghouls do today.

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