On the 13-th of December in Kyiv some traditional Swiss holiday, Saint Lucia Day, was celebrated.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Ukraine Martin Hagstriom greeted everybody and congratulated with this holiday. As well, he told about the history of this date. It is considered as the unique Swiss tradition as nowhere else is it celebrated in such an ambitious manner.
The celebration welcomed the Heads of diplomatic missions from such countries embedded in Ukraine as Azerbaijan, Canada, Finland, Croatia, Slovenia, etc.
It is said that night of Saint Lucia day is the longest in the year. Such an opinion was put forward in times when in Sweden people used Julian calendar. The 13-th December was marked with the day of winter conjunction. When in 1753 the country switched to Gregorian calendar, the conjunction was moved to the 21-st of December, but night of Saint Lucia kept its meaning of the longest and darkest one. Since the time of Medieval Ages in Sweden the great holidays have been organized. Sweden Lucia has several guises. One of them represents a little girl dressed like an angel who gives presents. It is often depicted in the wreath with candles.
Only in the XX century the holiday got its current look. Today Lucia wears long white dress with red silk belt with the five-candle crown on her head. She brings coffee and special buns with saffron called luccecatter. In Sweden the holiday is celebrated in schools, kindergartens, and different organizations.
Built in the late 90's, Astana rightfully bears the title of modern miracle. A young city that has accepted the honorary title of the capital with pride and dignity carries this status. At the end of June, in Kiev, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Samat Ordabaev, an official reception was organized that was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Astana.
This year, the Baltic countries - Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia - mark the centenary of the proclamation of independence. Then the Ukrainian People's Republic was one of the first to recognize the right of the Baltic peoples to self-determination. In Riga and Tallinn, even for some time, diplomatic missions of the Ukrainian People’s Republic acted. In their turn, after the collapse of the USSR, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia were among the first to recognize Ukraine's independence and established diplomatic relations with it.
Katerina Desnitskaya came from Volhyn. However, in the world she is known as the princess of Thailand, the wife of Prince Chakrabon. This extraordinary Ukrainian woman is known for her fearlessness and strength of spirit. It was not for nothing that during the Russo-Japanese War, she abandoned the tempting offer to live in luxury and wealth and went to the front to work as a nurse. On her return, fate rewarded her for her courage. The story of her love still fascinates those who love happy stories.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Argentina, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alberto Jose Alonso held a solemn diplomatic reception with the participation of representatives of the diplomatic offices of Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister, representatives of state bodies, and the community.
In honor of the Independence Day of Georgia and the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Gela Dumbadze gave a solemn diplomatic reception.
On May 29 at the Media Center of “GDIP” SE, the presentation of the book written by Manoj Kumar Bharti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Ukraine entitled "Understanding Indian Philosophy through Modern Science" took place.
In Kiev, with the support of the Embassy of Bulgaria, Dimitra Peshev, a Bulgarian politician, who is revered as the "righteous man of the world", was named. The grand opening of the park took place with the participation of the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, Ukraine - Vladimir Groisman, Kiev City Mayor Vitaliy Klichko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchev, representatives of the Bulgarian Diaspora.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchev opened the "Light of the Lights" exhibition at the National Historical and Architectural Museum "Kiev Fortress", specially created to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Moravian mission of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius.
"Dali in a skirt", "The greatest provoker of the last century", shocking and inspiring confidence in the almost limitless potential of man, Frida Kahlo surprised contemporaries and continues to admire the admirers of her work today. The people of Kiev can now look behind the scenes of the life of the Mexican genius. With the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine in the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko an exhibition of photographs devoted to the relations between Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera was opened.
Especially for the anniversary date of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic organized a reception in honor of classic literature and well organized presentation of "Manas" Kyrgyz national epic.
In 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the classic and the 10 years since then as the author is not, in this regard, in Kyrgyzstan and a number of friendly countries at the national level, there is his birthday.
The Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Jonet Jan Tezel in the Cultural Center "Cinema Kiev" opened Days of Turkish cinema. The Turkish Embassy conducts events that demonstrate the cultural diversity and heritage of this country on an ongoing basis.
At the initiative of the diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan, in order to increase the tourist flow from Ukraine to the Republic of Uzbekistan, a tourist fair was organized through the popularization of the national tourist product in the diplomatic mission building.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan in Ukraine Faizullo Holboboev briefed on the adoption of the UNGA Resolution "The International Decade for Action" Water for Sustainable Development "2018-2028".
With the support of the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Sylvia Cortes Martin, cognitive events for demonstrating the cultural diversity and heritage of this country were organized for the residents of the capital.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Ukraine Samat Ordabayev organized an event on the occasion of the presentation of the book of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev "The Era of Independence".
Eight Embassies of foreign states: Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, with the organizational assistance of the OUTLOOK project and with the support of the Culture Department of KSCA, invited the citizens of Kyiv, representatives of diasporas and national cultural societies to celebrate NOWRUZ International Day together. About how the celebration was held - in our new video.
The spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine Irina Sultanishvili carried out a meeting of the Ambassadors Spouses Club, in the frame of which some traditional clothes was demonstrated.