Ukraine celebrates an unofficial holiday dedicated to the traditional Ukrainian clothing – vyshyvanka today, on May 18. The Day of Vyshyvanka was established in 2007 and since then it is marked annually on the third Thursday of May.
On this day, the citizens of the country are called upon to put on embroidered shirts and wear them both on the streets and on business meetings. This is done as a sign of unity and respect for our Motherland.
The students of the Chernivtsi National University named after Y. Fedkovych came up with the idea of the holiday and in 2010 the Day of Vyshyvanka was celebrated in other Ukrainian cities.
The leaders of the state congratulated Ukrainians on the holiday.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on his Facebook page posted a short video on the occasion of the holiday.
"Let our national clothes inspire us to new victories!" the head of state wrote.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman noted that embroidery unites Ukrainians, preserving their traditions.
"On this day we honor our national talisman - a beautiful Ukrainian vyshyvanka, it preserves the original traditions of our people and unites Ukrainians - from the west to the east," the message says.
Earlier it was reported that Mother's Day was celebrated in Ukraine on May 14.