On August 23 Ukraine celebrates the Day of the National Flag.
The holiday was initiated by the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma back in 2004. Later in 2009 President Viktor Yushchenko added the order with the obligation to raise national flag over the buildings of the state institutions on this day and on other state holidays.
Six facts about Ukrainia flag:
- The Ukrainian flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal width. The top is blue, the bottom - yellow. Blue and yellow, the colors of the sky, mountains, streams, and golden fields have symbolized Kyivan Rus' long before the introduction of Christianity.
- First time the blue and yellow flag was raised over the building of Kyiv City Councilon August 24, 1990. The capital celebrated the Flag Day at the municipal level.
- After the coup in Moscow the group of MPs brought the blue-and-yellow flag into the session room of the Verkhovna Rada on August 23, 1991. The next day Ukraine proclaimed it’s independence
- After the independence was proclaimed after three unsuccessful votes in the Verkhovna Rada, the then president Leonid Kravchuk threatened to resign if the issue is not solved. Then the vote was successful and the flag was raised over the building of the parliament on September 4, 1991.
- People who hoisted the blue-yellow flags in the Soviet Ukraine were prosecuted as criminals.
- Both blue–yellow and yellow–blue flags were widely used during the Ukrainian struggle for independence in 1917.