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Ukraine marks Independence Day

Source : 112 Ukraine

Independence Day of Ukraine is the day when the state commemorates the Declaration of Independence of 1991
07:55, 24 August 2018

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For centuries Ukraine was dominated by Poland, Russia, Turkey and other foreign countries. Before the country gained independence, it was a part of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Parliament adopted a document of great importance in 1991 - the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine. It opened a new page of the Ukrainian history and was followed by a long path of building up a democratic state on the rule of law.  Around 90% of Ukrainians voted for their state’s independence following the declaration. It is usually celebrated with a large-scale military parade in the capital of Ukraine - Kyiv.

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Many of Ukrainian cities also hold parades, when people wear traditional national apparel – vyshyvanka. It is a nice way to manifest one's love and dedication to the motherland. This year, a race in vyshyvankas will take place in Kyiv on August 24.

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As a rule, a real Ukrainian patriot celebrates the Independence Day showing their's country flag - a banner of 2 equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow. Blue symbolizes a peaceful sly above a wheat field - yellow.

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Apart from the parades, such events as concerts, outdoor exhibitions, fireworks, circuses, free public markets and fairs are held.

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It is important to mention, that Independence Day is a state holiday in Ukraine, so most of the shops, museums, libraries as well as government offices and educational institutions are closed.

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