Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Ukraine with all the struggles and set backs is still a very proud country.

On May 18, 2016, Ukraine will celebrate Vyshyvanka Day.

It is a nationwide celebration intended to preserve ancestral traditions of creating and wearing embroidered ethnic clothing. And their clothing is beautiful. This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

Vyshyvanka  is the colloquial name for the embroidered shirt in Ukrainian national costume. Women wear dresses and men wear shirts. 

Here are some examples:

I just love this picture below of a woman with her cat all decked out for the celebration in May. This picture came from Euromaidan Press.

Love the dress above.

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Found on, this website explains the history of the event better than I can:

Short history of Day of Vyshyvanka
Nationwide action ‘Day of Ukrainian vyshyvanka’ was launched by a student of history, political science and international relationships faculty in Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk in 2007.
She noted that students often wear embroidered clothes in University and suggested choosing single day to wear vyshyvanky altogether.
The first Day of Vysyhyvanka took place in 2007 when several dozens of students come to University in Ukrainian ethnic embroidered shirts.
In course of the following years festival reached nationwide level. Ukrainian diaspora and supporters of Ukraine from all over the world joined as well.

Why celebrating Vyshyvanka Day?

The main goal of such event is preservation of Ukrainian values and their popularization among youth and country’s population in general.
The holiday doesn’t include any mandatory measures except for wearing vyshyvanka. Still there can be concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural figures.
The holiday itself stimulates every conscious citizen of Ukraine to a very simple act – just wear vyshyvanka before going to work or study.
However, this act has a deep psychological context as it comes to expression of national and civic position, cultural education and spiritual consciousness.
The experience proves that during Vyshyvanka Day people are always in high spirits with smile on their faces. Symbols of strength, prosperity, beauty and ancient amulets are encoded in this ethnic clothes.


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