Independence Day of Ukraine

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Independence Day
День незалежності
Ukrainian Independence Day in Luhansk.jpg
Celebrations in Luhansk
Observed by Ukraine
Type National
Significance The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Supreme Soviet in 1991
Celebrations Fireworks, Concerts
Date August 24
Next time 24 August 2014 (2014-08-24)
Frequency annual

Independence Day of Ukraine (Ukrainian: День незалежності України) is the main state holiday in modern Ukraine,[nb 1] celebrated on August 24[2] in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991.[3]

The holiday was first celebrated on 16 July 1991, as the first anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine passed by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) in 1990.[3][4] Since the Declaration of Independence was issued later, and confirmed by the referendum of 1 December 1991, the date of the holiday was changed.[5] (In December 1991 many Ukrainian Canadians expected that 1 December would become Ukraine's official independence day.)[6]

Beginning in 2004, 23 August is celebrated as the Day of the National Flag.[7]



In general, the main celebration at the state level held in Kiev, Ukraine president traditionally gives a reception Independence Day. Also, the first person in the country lay flowers at the monuments to famous Ukrainian (mostly monuments to Vladimir the Great, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Michael Grushevskij and Taras Shevchenko) and participate in prayer for Ukraine, which is traditionally held in St. Sophia's Cathedral with the participation of all denominations available in Ukraine. Over the last few years to the Independence Day of Ukraine in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, military parades were held (1998, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2009) and organized concerts and celebrations. Every year the holiday attractions in the capital city is the flower exhibition in the Crypt of the park, whose slopes at that time is always covered with bright colors of flowers, all of which are confined to form a different holiday images and a great concert. Celebrating crowned night fireworks. However, in 2010 Ukraine's Independence Day military parade in Kiev was not planned. Issues with fireworks in Kiev also had interesting content for one side first Ukrainian News reported that it is planned to carry out, on the other hand was subsequently issued an order of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine to allow its conduct. Also, Independence Day 2010 Ukrainian remember is that for the first time in many years there was a single divine service in St. Sophia's Cathedral in the presence of the President and representatives of different faiths represented in Ukraine. They prayed for Ukraine in various churches.


Sculpture "Diana" of one of the fountains Market Square in Lviv embroidered shirt. 2009 It has become a tradition that Independence Day in Lviv citizens wear embroidery, so in the morning city flourishing with the colors of embroidered shirts, which are encoded ancient signs, symbols on the health and well-being, which is particularly activated on the day of celebration. The celebration is not limited to one day, it takes a few days and combines the International Folklore Festival "Etnovyr" Independent Film Festival "KinoLev" concerts, parade embroidery, children's events and more. Lviv Independence Day since 2008, sculptures of Greek gods, crowned fountains Market Square, absorb embroidery [19]. Luck [ed.] In Lutsk Independence Day will host the fourth "Ukrainian embroidery." This year the town square - the Square Theater - residents and visitors of the city lay in embroidered trident with a cross above mean "tooth." Considered several options for presenting figures or "writing" the words, as in previous years - "Luck", "Ukraine". However, the organizers settled on authentic drills. All participants stocks deliver memorable identity. Participants will be awarded in various categories, including "The biggest family in national costumes", "honorable member in an embroidered shirt", "smallest participant in an embroidered shirt", "most original embroidery", "shirt generations", "Harmony of mind and heart" (for couples), "Naypatriotychnishyy grandparents" and so on. First event "Ukrainian embroidery" was held in Lutsk in 2007


Ceremonial raising of the National Flag of Ukraine in Odessa. In celebration of Independence Day in Odessa were: festival music competition and embroidered Ukrainian songs to the words of Taras Shevchenko, raising 19-meter banner over the Potemkin Stairs, exhibitions and round tables, rewarding leaders of public and religious organizations in the city. In 2010, the festival was held in Odessa Vyshyvankovyy 2010. In churches of various denominations of Odessa celebrated prayers for Ukraine and Ukrainian people.


The ongoing celebrations in the city, in the central Freedom Square is traditionally held in the evening concert performances of pop stars and officials, which ends with fireworks. On the eve of holidays - August 23, Kharkiv celebrates City Day, and the largest festivities take place on that day, not on Independence Day.

Outside Ukraine[edit]


August 24, 2011 the capital of the European Union has traditionally celebrates Independence Day of Ukraine. The world-famous symbol of Brussels - "The boy that pees" (niderl. Manneken Pis) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Ukraine's independence was dressed in a suit of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kievan Rus, and Brussels one day become the epicenter of Ukrainian holidays. At the initiative of the European Association of Ukrainians in the heart of Europe held events to promote Ukraine.


It has become a tradition that every year on August 24 in Chicago vidbuvayetcya gala concert and festivities to celebrate the anniversary of independence Ukrainy. 2010 celebration staged at "Smith Park" Chicago, where the native language was heard on every side, and the eye myluvaly dozens of blue and yellow flag . located In the middle of the field scenes flowed charming, vibrant Ukrainian songs interspersed inflammatory authentic dances performed by many Ukrainian dance groups in many states. All interested persons have the opportunity to enjoy various dishes of Ukrainian cuisine. Located close to local fairs Ukrainian craftsmen put rows of embroidery that are fascinated by its beauty. Holiday managed to fame.


After 19 years of independence Ukraine Ukrainian youth participants of the Ukrainian Youth Club, living and studying in Moscow, held a flash mob called "Nineteen", symbolizing unity and participation of the native state. Armed with Ukrainian symbolics young people marched through Moscow places associated with Ukraine on the way by conducting a survey among Russians in terms of knowledge dates - Independence Day of Ukraine and the Ukrainian language understanding. Organizers flash mob laid flowers at the monument of Lesya Ukrainian, Taras Shevchenko and M. Gogol and tied them yellow and blue ribbons. The idea to hold this event on Independence Day Ukraine emerged among the participants of Ukrainian Youth Club back in 2009


  1. ^ In July 2013 in a poll by Razumkov Centre 61% considered Independence Day a holiday, 30.4% “not a holiday, but an ordinary day off” and 6.1% agreed to “this should be a working day”.[1]


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