Ukrainian diplomats together with representatives of the Ukrainian community in Azerbaijan have celebrated the World Embroidery (Vyshyvanky) Day in Baku, Report informs.
They held a festive procession along the Baku Boulevard, singing national Ukrainian songs.
World Embroidery Day is a Ukrainian holiday designed to preserve and promote the original traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered Ukrainian clothing - embroidered shirts. It is celebrated every third Thursday in May. On this day, everyone, both in Ukraine and abroad, put on embroidered shirts and come to work or study in them. Also, on this holiday, embroidery marches are held in various cities of Ukraine and the world.
The main goal of the holiday is the preservation of Ukrainian national values and their promotion among young people and the general population.
“For Ukraine and Ukrainians, embroidery is probably like a wonderful Azerbaijani carpet for Azerbaijanis. It also contains a kind of genetic code, and the genetic code of the Ukrainian nation is in this embroidered shirt. Therefore, this holiday is special for us,” Ukrainian Ambassador in Azerbaijan Vladislav Kanevsky said.
He noted that people greeted their procession very warmly, with smiles: ‘It is such warmth, which is mutual. I believe that the main highlight of Azerbaijan is its people. That’s because I haven’t met such sincerity for a long time. The attitude of Azerbaijanis towards us, who consider the Ukrainian people as fraternal people, I am sure that every Ukrainian experiences exactly the same feeling.”
“We are happy that today we have such an opportunity, because the Day of Ukrainian Embroidery is the code of the Ukrainian nation, it is soul, beauty, inspiration,” Lesya Kerimova, a teacher of the Ukrainian language at the Baku Slavic University, shared her impressions of the event.
The procession ended with the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem.