On May 19 Ukrainians and Latvians rallied at the Freedom Monument in Riga to celebrate the Day of Embroidered Shirt.
The event, which has been marked in Ukraine for the tenth time this year and for the second time in Riga, gathered some 200 people of different age, occupation and nationalities. The participants, wearing mostly Ukrainian national dresses, laid flowers to the Monument of Freedom and marched through the city center to the Monument to Taras Shevchenko in Kronvalda Park, where the Congress of Ukrainians of Latvia presented the embroidered towel of Ukrainians of Latvia (rushnyk). The joint sewing of the 5-meter long towel lasted for 4 years and engaged many people from different Ukrainian organizations. The embroidered towel was solemnly handed over to the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia for storage, where it is available for the community for festive events.
The solemnities were followed by a catwalk presenting the authentic collection of Ukrainian people's dress owned by Mariya Semyonova, performed by amateur actors of the Riga Ukrainian People's Theatre.
The Day of Embroidered Shirt events were attended by Ukrainian organizations of Latvia, residents and guests of Riga, teachers and students of the Riga Ukrainian secondary school.
Photo gallery at the Embassy's Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwRASM6