On February 14, a number of unofficial festivities and celebrations were held in Kharkiv for Valentine’s Day.
The traditional photo session with a giant artificial flowers installation was arranged in Gorky Park for all those who were in love or just wished to keep their memories of the day.
A retro tram, decorated with hearts and pink and red balloons, was riding around the city in the evening as a theme ride. A number of fairs with hand-made Valentine’s souvenirs were staged around the city and attracted people. Also, a hand-made exhibition with selfie contest took place in Kharkiv Art Museum.
One of the day’s novelties was an official opportunity to get married all day long: for the first time, the Wedding Palace’s working hours were prolonged until midnight to register affectionate couples. In total, 34 couples got newly married in Kharkiv and 96 all over the region yesterday.
An unusual symbolic flashmob was carried out in the National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine. The cadets lined up, having formed a huge heart. Later, they shared their photos on social networks.
Among the most popular gifts for Kharkivites on Valentine’s Day were all sorts of flowers, chocolates, perfumes and various stuffed toys.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: NGU, Media Group Objective