On every third Thursday in May (May 17, 2018), Ukrainians and friends from around the world will celebrate Vyshyvanka (Embroidery) Day, adorning Ukrainian embroidered shirts not only to preserve our ancestral traditions, but also to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.
In many communities, celebrations of International Vyshyvanka Day will continue over the next week. Regardless of origin or previous connection with our community, we invite you all to join us and get your Ukrainian on.
How You Can Join Our Celebrations
- Find a community event to participate in (list below)
- Share your pictures and join the international social media campaign using #ДеньВишиванки or #VyshyvankaDay
Considered everyday clothing under a century ago, the vyshyvanka tradition has existed in Ukraine for centuries and enjoys a variety of patterns and designs in every region of Ukraine, as seen below.
Our cultural tradition has since attracted international attention and has been graciously adopted by friends and supporters from all around the world to support Ukraine.
Background on International Vyshyvanka Day
The UCC supports the International Vyshyvanka Day (Всесвітний День Вишиванки), which is being held this year in Canada on May 17.
Canada is one of 50 countries around the world in which Ukrainians take part in the International Vyshyvanka Day (Всесвітний День Вишиванки).
Through a grass roots initiative in Ukraine, the third Thursday of May is designated the International Vyshyvanka Day (Всесвітний День Вишиванки). This day is a wonderful opportunity for Ukrainians, those of Ukrainian heritage and friends of Ukraine around the world, to wear a vyshyvanka (embroidered shirt) and demonstrate their pride in Ukrainian culture and heritage and to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
May 17 – Selfie Day and Film Screening
May 21 – Vyshyvanka Market
May 21 – Vyshyvanyj Vechir
May 26 – Vyshyvanka Day in Toronto