Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims in Ukraine
Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims is an important event in Ukraine, where people pay tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives in wars and military conflicts. In the Ukrainian language, this event is called "День скорботи і вшанування пам'яті жертв війни."
This event is observed annually on June 22nd in Ukraine, marking the day when the country was invaded by Nazi Germany in 1941 during World War II.
The Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims was first observed in Ukraine in 1996. The then-President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, established this day to honor the memory of millions of Ukrainians who perished during World War II and other military conflicts. The date of June 22nd was chosen as it marks the beginning of the Great Patriotic War (as it is known in the former Soviet Union) when Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union in 1941.
National customs for Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims in Ukraine
On this day, Ukrainians across the country participate in various events and ceremonies to commemorate the loss of their fellow citizens in wars and military conflicts. Some of the common customs include:
- Laying flowers and wreaths at memorials and monuments dedicated to war victims and fallen soldiers.
- Holding a moment of silence at 11:00 am, followed by the ringing of church bells and sirens to mark the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.
- Organizing concerts, exhibitions, and film screenings to showcase the heroism and sacrifices of those who fought for their country's freedom and independence.
- Educational events and lectures are organized in schools and universities to teach the younger generation about the history of World War II and the importance of preserving peace and stability.
Local customs for Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims in Ukraine
In addition to the national customs, various local customs and traditions are also observed in different regions of Ukraine. These may include:
- Local communities organizing their own ceremonies and events to honor the memory of war victims and fallen soldiers from their region.
- Special church services and prayers for the souls of the deceased are held in local churches and cathedrals.
The Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims in Ukraine serves as a solemn reminder of the immense loss and suffering experienced by the nation during World War II and other military conflicts. It is a day to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and independence of their country, and to educate future generations about the importance of peace and unity.