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International Vyshyvanka Day (Ukrainian Tradition)

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Vyshyvanka Day is held traditionally on the third Thursday of May every spring. This year May 16th
For many centuries Ukrainian embroidery has been worn in Ukraine as an element of both every day and festive clothing. According to historians, the first samples of vyshyvanka on the territory of Ukraine appeared during the days of the ancient Scythians. It became one of the key elements of the Ukrainian national dress. In the nineteenth century, a famous Ukrainian poet, writer and political activist Ivan Franko started wearing Vyshyvanka with his suit, setting certain fashion at that time.
Vyshyvanka ornaments have traditionally been associated as possessing mystical, protective qualities: protection against all evil, symbolizing health, beauty and devotion to the family. The rich and diverse vyshyvanka ornaments vary in different regions of the country.
Vyshyvanka Day is held in Ukraine and well beyond its borders. Canada is one of the 50 countries around the world in which Ukrainians take part in International Vyshyvanka Day (Всесвітний День Вишиванки) with activities from coast to coast.

Join us in celebrating Vyshyvanka Day by wearing a Ukrainian embroidered shirt! Vyshyvanka Day unites people all over the world, regardless of religion, language, or where they live. #vyshyvankacanada2019, @ukrcancongress #world_embraces_vyshyvanka [add your country of residence] @tcdsb_cmty


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