World politicians and diplomats celebrate Vyshyvanka Day
On International Vyshyvanka Day politicians and diplomats from different countries wear Ukrainian national clothes to support the country amid the brutal Russian invasion.
The photos in the Vyshyvanka were published by the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, the Ambassadors of Great Britain and Canada to Ukraine as well as diplomats from the U.S. Embassy, and many others.
Gitanas Nausėda, the President of Lithuania, wrote on Twitter:
“Today we celebrate Vyshyvanka Day by wearing traditionally embroidered outfits. It is believed the vyshyvanka gives strength & takes through any calamity. Strength is what Lithuania is sending Ukraine today. We will stand with Ukraine until victory. Слава Україні!”
Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament, wrote on Twitter:
“Today, on #VyshyvankaDay, I join Ukrainians around the world in their tradition to wear a #vyshyvanka. Ukrainians’ fight for freedom is our fight too.”
Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, wrote on Instagram:
“Today I celebrate the vibrant and rich Ukrainian culture by wearing a Vyshyvanka. Every 3rd Thursday of May, people wear this traditional cloth as an expression of unity and national identity. In these difficult times, we stand with our Ukrainian friends”.
Melinda Simmons, British Ambassador to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter:
“Seems to me that in a #RussianInvasion that so clearly targets 🇺🇦 culture and history as well as its territory and people, #vshyvankaday becomes even more important to celebrate. So here I am, celebrating it in my favourite vyshyvanka. #SlavaUkraini”.
Matti Maasikas, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter:
“This year’s Vyshyvanka Day is special. Particularly sad but also full of hope. Like the chainmail shirt mithril protected Hobbits who fought the orks, Vyshyvanka with culture and tradition vowen into it gives Ukrainians strength in their fight.”
Larisa Galadza, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, wrote on Twitter:
“Vyshyvanka = culture + history + place + inheritance + patience + beauty + pride. Wear one today so that vyshyvanka also equals strength + solidarity + support. Wear one today for all those in 🇺🇦 who this year cannot. Вітаю всі Українців з днем вишиванки.”
U.S. Embassy in Kyiv wrote on Twitter:
“On Vyshyvanka Day, the Embassy team is showing our love for Ukrainian culture. We’d love to see your vyshyvanka photos too as we demonstrate the strength of Ukraine’s culture and traditions”.