Ireland’s Ukrainian families celebrate Independence Day

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney

The Ukrainian Crisis Centre Ireland (UCCI) hosted a traditional cultural Family Day event in Mountjoy Square Park to honour the Independence Day of Ukraine, last Saturday (27th August).

The UCCI represent and connect the Ukrainian community living in Ireland as well as providing support to Ukrainian displaced people in Ireland. More than 40,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Ireland since the Russian invasion of their home country six months ago.

The Independence Day of Ukraine is the main state holiday in Ukraine, celebrated on the 24th of August each year in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union, in 1991. This year it is more important than ever that Independence Day of Ukraine is remembered here in Dublin, as many of the Ukrainians now living in Ireland last celebrated this day in Ukraine with family and friends. It is also important for Ukrainians to celebrate their unique culture to distinguish themselves from Russia, who states that Ukraine is no more than a breakaway state and possesses no independent culture or history.

The Ukrainian Crisis Centre Ireland, with the support of the Ukrainian Embassy in Ireland, marked the day in Dublin as a family day, and invited all Ukrainians living in Ireland and all other nationalities to come together.  The day was filled with music, dance, food, talks, workshops and special activities aimed at children and young people to showcase Ukrainian culture and the strong Ukrainian community in Ireland.

Mr Baskin, CEO of the Ukrainian Crisis Centre Ireland, who moved to Ireland more than 20 years ago, said it was particularly important for those who had arrived in Ireland since the war began in Ukraine: “Everybody has had a great day, It’s about unity. Everybody is relaxed and they are smiling which is very important in all aspects of life. Even with the hardship Ukrainians are going through, it’s important to find the time to celebrate. It marks for us six months of war and Ukrainians still exist. So, there’s something to celebrate.”

PHOTOS COURTESY OF Ukrainian Crisis Centre in Ireland FACEBOOK PAGE

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