On September 12, All-Ukrainian Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on Sofia Square in Kyiv.
For four years in a row, Kyivans go to the city center in the first days of autumn to express their gratitude to God and to each other. This year they thanked for 30 years of independence of Ukraine and religious freedom and prayed for peace and victory.
The organizers told about it at a press briefing on the occasion of the celebration.
“Our goal is to create a culture of gratitude in Ukraine,” said Pavlo Unguryan, Kyiv’s Thanksgiving coordinator. We often complain… That’s why we need to learn to be grateful. Learn to notice the things that make our lives better. Notice the hand of God in your life and in the life of the country. Notice the hand and care of the neighbor. And thank you for all this, “Unguryan said.
Church bishops, musicians and public figures were inspired to be grateful from the main stage of the celebration of Ukrainians.
In addition, there was a festival town PODYAKA Fest, which featured children’s and sports locations, photo areas and exhibitions. The highlights of the program were the costumed Easter reconstruction – a theatrical performance about the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ and a concert of children’s art.
Those who wanted to pray could visit the prayer chapel. And at the end there was a festive concert and a prayer for Ukraine.
The celebration was initiated by the Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Interchurch Council. The celebration was supported by the All-Ukrainian Council.
“We gathered together on this day to thank God for the love for each of us and for our land,” said Oleksandr Turchynov, Coordinator of the All-Ukrainian Council. ” severe economic crisis, utterly destroyed power – it was God who helped unite the country, Ukrainians and protect our homeland. ” Turchynov reminded the audience.
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