On January 22, Kharkivites celebrated the 99th anniversary of the Unification of Ukraine Act on the holiday called Den Sobornosti, or Day of Unity of Ukraine.
A classical concert was given in Opera and Ballet Theatre on the holiday eve, January 21.
On the Day of Unity, local officials, ATO veterans, diplomats and civic activists took part in the solemnities in different parts of the city.
The participants laid flowers to the monument of Taras Shevchenko and honored those who died for the independence and integrity of the Ukrainian state with a minute of silence.
Also, activists held a concert for the date, ethnical instruments were played and people danced Ukrainian folk dances.
Further, poetic concerts were arranged in Kharkiv Literary Museum and Historical Museum. The organizers noted that the holiday carries an idea of the united society to all citizens of Ukraine and calls them to consolidate their efforts to build a powerful state. The message of unification is especially important today during the war with Russia.
It is also important to note that these days Ukraine celebrates the centenary of the initiation of the Ukrainian state. The Ukrainian People’s Republic was a predecessor of modern Ukraine. After Bolsheviks illegitimately seized power in Western and Central regions of Russia in November 1917, they attempted to extend their control over Ukraine. In response, Ukrainian authorities proclaimed state independence on January 22, 1918.
Reference: The Day of Unity of Ukraine is celebrated as a state holiday on January 22 since 1999 to mark the Act Zluky or Unification Act, an agreement signed on January 22, 1919, by the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic in Kyiv.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Leonid Logvinenko