Today is Ukrainian Flag Day! It is celebrated annually on August 23rd. It was on the day of dawn of independence in 1990 that a blue-yellow flag was hoisted above the capital’s city administration. After the failure of the coup in Moscow on August 23, 1991, a group of Ukrainian MPs brought a blue and yellow flag into the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada. The next day, the independence of Ukraine was proclaimed, and the historical flag was sent to the Verkhovna Rada Museum.
Ukrainian Flag Day
“On January 28, 1992, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution “Concerning Approval of the National Flag as the State Flag of Ukraine,” which has officially established “a rectangular banner consisting of equally sized horizontal bands: the upper one is blue, the lower one is yellow…”
The holiday of the State Flag Day of Ukraine was established in 2004 by decree of the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. In 2009, President Viktor Yushchenko amended Kuchma’s decree by staring the annual official flag-raising ceremony on August 23 all over Ukraine.
By the way, the first official recognition of the blue-yellow flag took place on March 22, 1918, when the Central Council of Ukraine adopted the law, approving this color combination as the banner of the Ukrainian People’s Republic.”112 International
With recent events threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty, it is more important now than ever to celebrate this holiday. This holiday has rich history and traditions. On this day, an official flag-raising, traditional flash mobs, concerts as well as sporting events take place in Kyiv and in all Ukrainian cities. Ukraine is an amazing country and despite the conflict with Russia, it is safe to visit many areas of the country including Kyiv. Learn more about this great city and what to do when you visit here.
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