Statement Celebrating Vyshyvanka Day

“Today, Canadians of Ukrainian heritage and Ukrainians around the world are celebrating Vyshyvanka Day.

Every third Thursday of May, Ukrainians proudly wear their best embroidered shirts to mark this holiday and celebrate their culture. The embroidery symbolizes national identity and unity, as well as reminds people of the centuries-long struggle for independence. Even through the darkest of times, Ukrainian families treated embroidery as a sacred symbol of a better future.

Today, and in the coming weeks, Canadians of Ukrainian heritage will wear their embroidered shirts with pride to remind each other of the struggles Ukrainians had to overcome to finally establish an independent state. This holiday unites Ukrainian diaspora around the world. It also serves as an important reminder for the international community of the ongoing foreign aggression against Ukraine.
We will always stand with the people of Ukraine in their struggle for sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and occupation of the Donbas.

I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the history and traditions of Ukrainian people, who have contributed so much to the building of our country.
Happy Vyshyvanka Day!”

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For additional Information:
Dana Seymour, Executive Assistant
Office of James Bezan, MP
Phone: 613-992-2032
media@jamesbezan.com