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Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine

Day of Vyshyvanka is new Ukrainian nationwide celebration intended to preserve ancestral traditions of creating and wearing embroidered ethnic clothing.

This holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

Day of Vyshyvanka is original and self-sufficient, it doesn’t have any state or religious bases. One sparking idea gave start to national holiday in 2007.

Vyshyvanka day in Ukraine

Since then Ukrainians have specific day to put on embroidered clothes when going to kindergarten, school, university or work place.

 Ukrainian ethnic embroidered clothes

Short history of Day of Vyshyvanka

Nationwide action ‘Day of Ukrainian vyshyvanka’ was launched by a student of history, political science and international relationships faculty in Chernivtsi National University Lesya Voroniuk in 2007.

She noted that students often wear embroidered clothes in University and suggested choosing single day to wear vyshyvanky altogether.

The first Day of Vysyhyvanka took place in 2007 when several dozens of students come to University in Ukrainian ethnic embroidered shirts.

In course of the following years festival reached nationwide level. Ukrainian diaspora and supporters of Ukraine from all over the world joined as well.

 Ukrainian ethnic embroidered clothes

Why celebrating Vyshyvanka Day?

The main goal of such event is preservation of Ukrainian values and their popularization among youth and country’s population in general.

The holiday doesn’t include any mandatory measures except for wearing vyshyvanka. Still there can be concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural figures.

The holiday itself stimulates every conscious citizen of Ukraine to a very simple act – just wear vyshyvanka before going to work or study.

However, this act has a deep psychological context as it comes to expression of national and civic position, cultural education and spiritual consciousness.

The experience proves that during Vyshyvanka Day people are always in high spirits with smile on their faces. Symbols of strength, prosperity, beauty and ancient amulets are encoded in this ethnic clothes.

 Ukrainian ethnic embroidered clothes  Ukrainian ethnic embroidered clothes

Source: Authentic Ukraine resource


5 thoughts on “Vyshyvanka Day in Ukraine”

  1. Helen Ihnat

    What a wonderful sight. My parent’s and grandparents are from ukraine, my parent’s were sent to Australia after the war in 1949,
    they are from a town called Lubachew. Can you tell me what the colour’s are used in a x-stitch, and what pattern is used from this region. I don’t have
    children myself, but have a lovely niece, Leanna is her name, I want to do her a wedding cloth,
    so one day she can cherish this as it’s from her Baba, and Dido’s homeland. I want to do this for her glory box as we call it
    in Austraia.

    thank you
    helen


  2. Lina Post author

    Hi Helena!
    Google says that Lubachyv is town in Poland and used to ba part of Lviv oblast under Soviet Union. I guess this is the town you’re talking about. You can visit this sites for vyshyvanka patters in Lviv oblast (Lemkiv vyshyvanka) / Transcarpathian vyshyvanka (western regions of Ukraine).
    http://24tv.ua/24_ukrayinski_vishivanki_vidrodzhuyemo_zabuti_tsinnosti_n599376
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_embroidery
    http://foberini.com/en/ukrainian-embroidery-of-transcarpathia/


  3. Helen Ihnat

    Hello Lina
    , I just saw your message thank you very much for getting back to me. I saved your site and forgot to check on it. So thank you again for the imformation.
    I will now go into the site and check it out.
    As my computer is a pre-paid, if it doesn’t let me in I will follow it up on my brothers internet to check it out.

    thanks again, really appreciate it.


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