Today Odessa has become a patriotic capital of Ukraine and set up a new record of vyshyvanka dressed people standing in chain.
Odessa is famous for its own way of celebrating the Independence Day of Ukraine. On 24 of August, as a part of the Vyshyvanka Festival, Odessa locals and guests get together to build a chain connecting the Duke Duke of Richelieu monument standing atop of the Potemkin Steps with the harbour of the Odessa Sea Port.
Last year, despite heavy rain, Odessa set up a record with around 1,400 people. This year (the 7th), anticipating the increased number of participants, the organisers prepared almost 2,500 tags with counting numbers. But to everyone’s surprise this amount was far from being enough: the line of those willing to build a chain seemed to never end. After all the tags were used, the numbers were put right on people’s arms. The chain reached the sea and returned to the monument, meeting there more participants patiently waiting to be registered despite the heat. The final registered number was 3,155, although there were some more people eager to participate.
The neverending line of those willing to be registered:
Then the chain gets to the sea and turns back, with people waving when spotting the opposite site:
Aleksandra Demskaya, EMPR;
Photos by EMPR and mayak.org.ua.