We spent most of the day in Kyiv at a Ukrainian cultural festival called "Country of Dreams". It was so much fun to see everyone taking pride in the history, language, and culture of Ukraine. You didn't just look at it from a distance, but actually participated. Everyone was encouraged to wear traditional clothing and show off anything that was Ukrainian. Of course Edna and I both wore something traditional.
(As I took this picture Edna had just spotted Sasha, a girl from our English Club in Bila Tserkva. Sasha was so happy to see us taking an interest in Ukrainian culture.)
Me wearing my vyshyvanka (вишиванка)
My Ukrainian Maiden
The festival was very family friendly and had lots of food, music and demonstrations of art, dance, and traditional skills like blacksmithing. I would definitely recommend going if you live close enough to Kyiv. We had to pry ourselves away to make sure we could catch the last shuttle van home. We didn't even make it through all of the exhibits.
Every girl loves a man in a bear skin hat
The most interesting thing that I noticed was how people from totally different walks of life seemed to all be united by one common factor, a love for Ukraine. Old people, children, business men, and even rebellious youth were all having a good time together under the blue and yellow banner of Ukraine. I hope that as Christians, we can remember to do that in our daily lives. That we can come together as one body undivided by culture or minor differences of opinion. So often we begin to segregate ourselves and wrap ourselves in the banners of doctrine or denomination. Let us not forget that as Christians we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10