Ukrainians regard bread as one of the holiest of all foods. The round bread or “Kolach” is a symbol of eternity and represents hospitality. It along with the salt is offered as a humble greeting to visitors. The guest breaks off a small piece, dips it into the salt, and bows their head slightly in thanks before eating the bread. Salt is reflected in Christ’s words, “You are the salt of the earth” and it represents friendship.
“With this bread and salt we greet you!
Welcome – Bitaemo!”