Celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day

Every year, Ukrainians gather to celebrate their nation’s independence on August 24th to mark the declaration of independence of 1991. Since 2004, August 23rd is also celebrated as the day of the national flag. National Independence Day is special day for all citizens, it is a public holiday celebrated across all of Ukraine with large gatherings of spectators and parades of people in traditional folk costumes.

Independence Day is a national public holiday in Ukraine meaning many shops, museums, libraries as well as government offices and educational institutions are closed. The day is typically filled with different types of social activities prepared by the Municipal, wide ranging celebrations include: evening fireworks, zabavas, concerts, outdoor exhibitions, free public markets and fairs, along with circuses and sporting events.  Young people go to parties to continue celebrating Independence Day and it is said to be the greatest holiday for them!

History

Independence Day commemorates the anniversary of the country’s independence of 1991. Prior to 1991, Ukraine was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R). However, on December 1st 1991 there was a referendum in which a majority of 93.5% of voters approved the declaration of independence made by Verkhovna Rada on August 24 1991. Like other countries, Ukraine regained its freedom from the Soviet Unions on the 24th of august 1991.

Independence Day Celebrations in the GTA

Are you planning on celebrating this monumental day? Take a look at the 2017 Ukrainian-Canadian Festival Guide.

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