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Vyshyvanka Day 2022

May 19, 2022

By Nicole Matsalla

When I arrived at the office this morning, I was greeted with the usual daily pleasantries as well as numerous opportunities to talk about my blouse, its meaning, and its importance to Ukrainian heritage. Today I am proud to wear a vyshyvanka.

The vyshyvanka (a Ukrainian embroidered blouse or shirt) has been a powerful symbol of Ukrainian culture, tradition, and history for centuries. Each year, on the third Thursday in May, Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine around the world wear vyshyvankas to celebrate Vyshyvanka Day. Wearing this emblem shows support for Ukrainian people, celebrates Ukrainian culture, and is a symbol of unity, love and community.

This year, more than ever, as Ukrainian culture is threatened, it is important for me to celebrate and share my culture and heritage. I am grateful for the curiosity of others and the conversations I have had with co-workers about Ukraine, Ukrainian culture, and its traditions.

Ukrainian culture is deeply rooted in Saskatchewan. In the 2016 Census, more than 13 per cent of Saskatchewan residents cited Ukrainian heritage. Our Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian community continues to shape and strengthen the fabric of Saskatchewan, working to make this province a more diverse and inclusive place. I am proud to be a part of this community.

So today, as you arrive at work, school, or even out running errands, be encouraged to compliment those who are wearing a vyshyvanka, ask them what it means to them, and be a part of the greater community supporting and uniting for Ukraine.