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The Little Swallow at the Airport

Ukrainian band Onuka wishes you Happy Holidays and Peace with their version of the world-famous Ukrainian New Year’s carol “Shchedryk“.

The video features members of the band playing “Shchedryk” at Lviv Airport. The leader of the band explains that the choice of the venue for the shooting was not accidental: “Why did we decide to make this video at the airport? Because “road” has become our second home and throughout the whole year we “flew like swallows”. Happy holidays! Peace to our homes!”


“Shchedryk” being played at an airport is a rather symbolic performance, indeed. This Ukrainian New Year’s carol is telling us about a tiny bird that is singing a song of prosperity and happiness that will come with the following spring. It was arranged by composer and teacher Mykola Leontovych in 1916. Since then, like a little swallow, it has flown around the world and conquered it with the touching fragile beauty of the melody combined with the extraordinary strength of feeling. With each year more and more people abroad discover and are surprised by the Ukrainian origin of this Christmas classic. And while English version is rather different from the Ukrainian source in its meaning and function, both of them will make your heart sing. The history of this little masterpiece is profoundly inspiring as it shows how music brings closer people around the world in unexpected and magical ways.


Read more about “Shchedryk” and its history here …

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