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Ukrainian Independence Day: How to Celebrate!

21. August 2009 by Celeste 0 Comments

Ukrainian Independence Day on August 24th

On Monday, August 24th, 2009, Ukraine will be celebrating the 18th anniversary of their independence with parades, races, art exhibitions, fairs and concerts.  Even if you are not able to travel to Ukraine to take part in the celebrations, here’s how you can share in the excitement and pride your special Ukrainian lady will be feeling on this inspirational day.


  • Try your hand at a traditional Ukrainian dish.  Borscht, dumplings, roast meat, cabbage rolls…there are many delicious and easy to prepare Ukrainian recipes waiting to delight your palate.  If you have family or friends who would like to join the celebration, why not have a picnic to celebrate and enjoy traditional Ukrainian fare together?  


  • Don’t forget to raise your glass in celebration!  Whether you’re drinking champagne, “horilka” (vodka), or wine, a celebration in Ukraine would not be complete without a drink to accompany it. 


  • Light fireworks!  Many countries enjoy the practice of lighting fireworks in celebration and Ukraine is no exception.  Don’t forget to pick up some fireworks of your own (but please use caution in using them!).


  • Play Ukrainian folk music or listen to the Ukrainian national anthem!  Ask your lady for suggestions of songs to listen to, which are her favorites; perhaps you’ll even find a few new favorites of your own?  The English translation of the Ukrainian national anthem are: 


Ukraine's glory has not perished, nor has her freedom
Upon us, fellow compatriots, fate shall smile once more.
Our enemies will vanish, like dew in the morning sun,
And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own.


We'll lay down our souls and bodies to attain our freedom,
And we'll show that we, brothers, are of the Cossack nation


  • Watch the Ukrainian celebrations yourself!  They will be broadcast live on UTR’s webstream on August 24th.  At 8.30 local time, President Yushchenko will participate in a prayer for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the St. Sophia Cathedral.  Then, at 10.00 local time, there will be a parade of troops at Khreshchatyk St., Kyiv, after which the President will address the Ukrainian people with a greeting speech at 10.20, after which the President will address the Ukrainian people with a greeting speech at 10.20.  You may watch these proceedings at UTR's website. Simply select your region and enjoy.  Please note that if you select the Americas as your region, the broadcast is delayed 7 hours from live broadcast.