Exhibition about the transformation of Ukrainian holidays by Soviet authority was opened at the “Holodomor Victims Memorial”

24 November 2017

On November 22, 2017, the exhibition «Broken circle» was presented at the National Museum “Holodomor Victims Memorial”, which shows breaks in Ukrainian life in the turbulent 20th century through the changes in calendar.

The exhibition was presented by the Director General of the Memorial Olesia Stasiuk, the curator of the exhibition Hanna Sokyrina and the Deputy Director for the scientific work of the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine Liudmyla Haukha.

Looking at the calendars used by Ukrainians during the twentieth century, we can observe how their lives changed. Year after year, the Ukrainian nation was transformed into Soviet, Ukrainian traditional holidays were replaced by alien Soviets.

More than one generation of Ukrainians has grown up on these newly-created holidays, and now they consider them to be their own, without knowing their essence and using them mainly as an additional day off. Our goal is to encourage visitors to reflect on what and how we celebre today. We want to prompt to study our own story and make our own conclusions.

The materials for the exhibition “Broken circle” are given by the Museum of Book and Printing of Ukraine, National Historical Library of Ukraine, Central State CinePhotoPhono Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnii, Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology, the National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum”, The Central State Archives of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine and State Archives of Vinnytsia Region.

The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and will be shown until February 20, 2018.