May 19, 2022 afternoon of cultural celebration, Ukrainian Day of Vyshyvanka known as Embroidered National Shirt, and classical music concert was held in front of Embassy of Ukraine in Seoul, South Korea . During the opening of the event, HE Dmytro Ponomarenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Korea, gave a welcoming speech on a cultural day saying that Vyshyvanka, which is a traditional embroidered shirt or blouse, is the representation of Ukrainian cultural wealth, a symbol of pride and love. from its roots. It has always been a symbol of political resistance to invaders, a spiritual armor of Ukrainians and a symbol of bravery, struggle and victory.
“Every third Thursday of May, Ukrainians and their friends from all over the world dress up in traditionally embroidered outfits to celebrate Vyshyvanka Day, which falls on May 19 this year. It is celebrated on the third Thursday of May,” explained Yulia Kaplan, Third Secretary at the Ukrainian Embassy, to Pressenza Press.
According to www.rubryka.com website quote that the embroidered shirt is not only the hallmark of Ukraine and its national relic, it is a symbol of beauty and good health, happy destiny and family memory. It is an amulet and a prayer without words. The Ukrainian embroidered shirt or Vyshyvanka, together with the Ukrainian pysanka, is one of the most prominent symbols of Ukrainian culture. And it’s beautiful, prestigious and modern!
To support Ukrainians’ struggle against the current Russian invasion and restore peace to their beloved country, a Korean middle school student, Se Eun Park, from Yongsan International School in Seoul (YISS), launched a classical music concert and was moderated by Professor Bai, Il-Hwan, Cello Professor, Head of Department, at Ewha Woman’s University in collaboration with the Embassy. It was just fascinating to watch the musical performances of Professor Bai, talented musicians and YISS students. Afterwards, during the concert, I had a little chat with Se Eun’s mother, Jamie, who told me that her daughter had felt very devastated by the news of the war in Ukraine, especially because she felt so sad for the young women and girls who were the victims of the conflicts. She wants to do something for them to send her heart; she has been playing the cello for a long time and sincerely believes that the power of music can heal people. Along with offering her musical talent, student Se Eun, happily donated all of her savings to provide some help to Ukraine who survived this difficult time.
You can read the Ambassador’s welcome speech below;
I am very happy to welcome everyone here today.
Today is a very special day, we are celebrating World Vyshyvanka Day, a holiday that unites Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine all over the world.
Vyshyvanka, which is a traditional embroidered shirt or blouse, is the representation of Ukrainian cultural wealth, a symbol of pride and love for one’s roots.
It has always been a symbol of political resistance to invaders, a spiritual armor of Ukrainians, a symbol of bravery, struggle and victory.
Now that Russia is trying to destroy our state, our cultural heritage, suppress our language and our faith, it is very important to do everything possible to preserve our traditions. I am very grateful to everyone who supports Ukraine in every way possible and shows solidarity with the Ukrainian people in this dark time. I would like to thank the professors of Ewha Women’s University and the students of Yongsan International School in Seoul for organizing this classical music concert in front of our embassy, which will once again demonstrate the strong support of the Korean people for Ukrainians in the defense of their freedom and values.
We will cherish the memory of this event and your good wishes for our country.
Please enjoy the wonderful performance.
Thank you so much. Kamsahamnida!
HE .Dmytro Ponomarenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Korea