Annually, on the third Thursday of May, Ukraine celebrates Vyshyvanka Day. In 2023, it falls on May 18th.
Vyshyvanka Day is a true folk holiday aimed at preserving the ancient folk traditions of creating and honoring the ethnic embroidered Ukrainian clothing. The idea behind the holiday is to preserve Ukrainian values and promote them among the youth and the general population.
The vyshyvanka is not just a special element of festive national attire but also an important part of Ukrainian culture. Throughout the ages, the Ukrainian people have carried their love for the vyshyvanka and preserved its unique characteristics. Every region of Ukraine has its own unique motifs and patterns on clothing.
Currently, Vyshyvanka Day holds a special meaning as Ukrainians are forced to defend their national authenticity and fight for it, sacrificing their lives in a terrible war.