On every third Thursday in May (this year it is May 20), Ukrainians all over the world celebrate Vyshyvanka Day, adorning Ukrainian embroidered shirts to preserve their ancestral traditions and also to stand in solidarity with Ukraine. There are 60 countries around the world in which Ukrainians take part in the International Vyshyvanka Day.
The idea of celebrating this day is quite new; in 2006, several students and professors from Chernivtsi National University put on embroidered shirts as a part of a special flash mob. Lesya Voroniuk, one of the students, proposed to her coursemates and students choose a day and put on vyshyvankas. She was inspired, by the way, by another student Ihor Zhytariuk, who regularly came to classes in the embroidered clothes.
On the day of the holiday, we can see a lot of people dressed in embroidered clothes in quite different places: on the street, in transport, at work.
Before this day, the Grand Lent, Easter, May 1, 8, and 9 are also over so all attention is focused solely on the embroidery. And the warm weather, which usually comes in mid-May is a big plus too: you can dress up in vyshyvanka without any fears to catch a cold.
The purpose of the holiday is to preserve and popularize folk traditions of creating and wearing embroidered Ukrainian clothes. It does not have any obligatory requirements, except for putting on the vyshyvanka. However, annually the number of events timed to this day is growing.
A lot of events related to Ukrainian culture and vyshyvankas take place on this day in Ukraine and in a number of other states (in conditions of lockdown, it will not be marked on a large scale).
Among them are concerts, marches, lecture halls, exhibitions, and flash mobs.
For example, in 2011 the largest number of people wearing vyshyvanka in one place were recorded. 4,000 people gathered on the central square in Chernivtsi city in the embroidered clothes.