Ukrainian Independence Day At-Home Activities
August 24th 2020 marks the 29th anniversary of Ukrainian Independence, a day marked by lively celebration and display of national pride and spirit. This year, however, large scale in-person celebrations are unfortunately not an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not mean that we cannot mark this momentous occasion. Communities all around the world are putting on various online and in-person events. In addition, we have put together a list of activities for you to celebrate from the comfort of your home.
Take a virtual tour:
Authentic Ukraine, a collaboration between the Ukrainian Government and Google, offers a variety of guided virtual tours in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Take the opportunity to explore on of the following:
Additionally, you can explore the Authentic Ukraine project, to learn more about Ukrainian art, culture and tradition.
Ukrainian Flag Colouring Activity
A print-out colouring sheet of the Ukrainian flag is a fun activity for kids and provides a short background on the history of the flag.
Make a Motanka Doll:
The motanka doll is one of the oldest Ukrainian traditions. While these dolls were originally regarded as symbols of fertility and household guardians, in the modern day they are more concerned with style and décor. The making of these dolls requires no stitching. You will need stuffing, scraps of cloth, string and your imagination. Check out the following video for a demonstration and some inspiration: https://youtu.be/0jifArFj4mk
Briefly educate yourself on Ukrainian History
- You can check out the Ukrainian profile on BBC
- Project ZnaU offers a quick video overview of Ukrainian history over the past four centuries
Enjoy some Ukrainian Music:
Check out one of the following playlists: