In late August, Kharkivites are used to have twice more holidays than other Ukrainians. Accordingly, this year, in addition to the 27th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and the National Flag Days, residents celebrated Kharkiv City Day and the 75th anniversary of the City’s Liberation from Nazi occupation.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Kharkiv Liberation Day, the Memorial Complex of Glory hosted memorial events. In the morning, the flower laying ceremony and praying to the memory of WWII victims took place there. Moreover, commemorative events, concerts and handing out of traditional soldiers’ porridge took place in different city locations.
Also, celebrated annually on August 23, is National Flag Day of Ukraine. This day, the official ceremony of raising the national flag was carried out in Nezalezhnosti Avenue. Later, the modular art show was attended by over 700 citizens. The participants, dressed in national clothes, simultaneously lifted up blue and yellow papers and created a heart with the sign UA on the Ukrainian flag‘s background. The flashmob was filmed on video from the air with the help of a quadrocopter. The image was displayed on a large screen in the square.
In the evening, hundreds of Kharkivites gathered in Maidan Konstytutsii to march along Sumska Street, wearing national embroidered shirts, called vyshyvanka, to celebrate the National Flag Day. After the joyful parade, the participants recited the national anthem of Ukraine near Taras Shevchenko monument. A big national flag was unfurled there.
On August 24, Kharkiv joined the celebrations of the Independence Day of Ukraine. The festive program started with flower laying at the Flying Ukraine Monument of Independence. The ceremony was attended by Kharkiv officials, servicemen in the east of Ukraine, clergy as well as other citizens.
“Independence Day is the most important holiday for every country. Ukrainian Independence Day is a holiday for everyone who has Ukraine in heart, thoughts and dreams,” stated Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna.
The celebrations continued all day long with the Knight Tournament, festive events in Gorky Park and finally with a big night concert on the water stage near the Strelka Park.
Text: Kateryna Tereshchenko
Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Boris Redin