|Happy Independence Day, Ukraine! (written in Russian)|
As you can see, the day started out gorgeous-
|Park in front of the train station|
The city was filled with these-
|Billboards are dedicated to those who fought in World War II|
|Not sure about the red and green flags, but they were all over the city as well|
|"70 years of a free Kharkov, Kharkov- city of war glory"|
|Happy Independence Day, Ukraine! (written in Ukrainian)|
As the daylight vanished, more and more people filled the city streets.
|Left: Freedom Square. Right: Shevchenko Park|
By the time we rolled into the square, it was already 11 PM. A band called Градусы (Degrees) was on the stage. Here's one of the songs they played-
Океан Ельзи. We waited-
- but no luck. Eventually the combination of our bedtimes (our young friend) and sobriety (the rest of us) led us out of the square and back toward the metro stop. We did spend a little time in Shevchenko Park, examining a 1940s wartime photo exhibition and the Soviet-era celebrities walk of fame and then fighting our way through the crowded sidewalks of Sumskaya street.
- as well as the usual massive display of fireworks.
Because of this massive event on Friday night, it seems like I never manage to get anywhere on Saturday to celebrate Independence Day. Last year we briefly walked downtown but nothing was really going on. It's kind of like having a birthday the day before or after Christmas; no matter what, people are going to just have one celebration and claim it's for both. One of my engineer friends explained it this way: "We've been celebrating City Day a lot longer than we've been celebrating Independence Day." Logistically and financially it makes sense to have one main event, but I'd like to see how August 24th is done in other cities.
Those of you living elsewhere in Ukraine, how did you spend August 24th?