One week after Easter the feast of the dead known as “hrobki” is celebrated in Ukraine. The custom requires that on that day a whole living family meets on nearby graves. It is particularly celebrated in smaller villages and communities.
On this day relatives of the deceased gather on Ukrainian cemeteries and start a picnic. First, they clean the graves, then start a feast that is often accompanied by drinking alcohol.
The tradition requires that you share your food and drink with the deceased. Vodka is poured into glasses, the rest is poured on the grave, only after that the families can begin to drink.
After a feast with the dead, the family leaves a special paschal meal (a kind of yeast cake, a symbol of abundance and good luck on the Easter table), painted eggs, candies, biscuits and even cigarettes. In addition, it also belongs to the tradition that when leaving the cemetery one should give beggars not only a penny, but also something to eat. No one reacts when he sees beggars who steal food from their graves.
The belief is that it originated from pagan times and is a peculiar combination of these and Christian traditions.