On November 25, Ukraine marked the official Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor of 1932–1933. This day the country honored the millions who died of famine under Josef Stalin’s regime. A number of events dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the tragedy took place in the Kharkiv region.
The city residents, students, local and regional authorities, clergy, and military personnel participated in flower-laying at the Holodomor memorial.
Also, Kharkivites marched through the central streets and held a service in Molodizhny Park. People lit the candles and laid flowers on a memorable sign.
People gathered at Svobody Square to join “Light a Candle” all-Ukrainian action in the evening. At 4 p.m., they stood for a minute of silence, which was announced throughout the country. Kharkivites laid out the cross of candles as a symbol for a memory of all who died those years.
Nine hundred law enforcement officers ensured order and security during the whole day.
Reference: The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Holodomor is an annual national memorial day. It’s held in Ukraine on the fourth Saturday of November since 1998. More than 20 countries recognized the famine of 1932–1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian nation. According to different estimates, a tragedy took away from three to ten million lives.
Text: Iryna Klymenko
Photos: Kharkiv City Council, Kharkiv Regional State Administration