Monday’s Mood: Independence Day

Yesterday (August 24th) was Ukrainian Independence Day. It is the most important and widely-celebrated national holiday, in which Ukrainians  celebrate the country’s Declaration of Independence since 1991 from the Soviet Union. Although I’ve been familiar with the holiday back in Canada, I’ve never known the magnitude of importance this day marks for so many Ukrainians. It was truly special to be able to take part in the festivities in the Western Ukrainian cultural capital of Lviv. Here a some of my favourite celebrations from the weekend:

These picturesque streets are soon to be packed with people coming from all over the country.Rynok Square Lviv

Not-so-Ukranian mid afternoon snack: Italian platter + sparkling wine.

Admiring the stunning embroidery (this particular item is a table runner) in the market.
Ukrainian Embroidery

Toasting to Ukraine’s 23 years of Independence.
Ukraine Independence Day Toast

My favourite building is the Lviv Art Palace, which we’re saving for a rainy weekend.
Lviv Art Museum

This hand-painted cookie was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Lviv Cookie

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