Carol of the Bells: more than a Christmas song

Mykola Leontovych’s Shchedryk has passed a long way from Ukrainian shchedrivka to the international anthem of Christmas, known as Carol of the Bells. Now, like 100 years ago, this song is also a tool of Ukraine’s cultural diplomacy.

100 years ago, Oleksandr Koshyts’ choir presented Shchedryk in different countries of Western Europe. Today, it can be heard everywhere, as a voice of Ukrainian resistance and strong folk tradition.

During Oleksandr Koshyts choir’s tour toured in the US in 1922-1923 Schedryk continued to conquer the world. This year, Carol of the Bells was also performed at Carnegie hall, on the 100th anniversary of Shchedryk’s premiere, and now it is also a symbol of Ukraine’s struggle for freedom.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center –

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians –

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

👉🏻 Come back alive – (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

👉🏻 CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

👉🏻 UNITED 24 – (was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

👉🏻 Army SOS – (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

👉🏻 Vostok SOS – (raising funds for various needs of the army);

👉🏻 Phoenix Wings – (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).