The first ceremony of hoisting of the modern Ukrainian flag took place on Aug. 24, 1990, in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Two years later this flag was adopted as the national flag of independent state of Ukraine. However, Flag Day is celebrated on Aug. 23, because Aug. 24 is the Independence Day in Ukraine. In order to omit double celebration, Flag Day was moved, Censor.NET reports.
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This holiday has appeared thanks to the signing of the corresponding presidential decree in 2004. At that time, Leonid Kuchma was the head of the state. Until 2004, the Ukrainian Flag Day was celebrated only in Kyiv as a municipal holiday.
The flag is a symbol of the Ukrainian statehood. It is described in detail in the Constitution. After independence was declared, the flag consisting of two equal parts of blue and yellow colors was adopted as the state flag of Ukraine. The ratio of the flag's width to its length is 2:3. Such standards are enshrined constitutionally. The National Flag has a long history. From the time of the baptism of Rus, blue and yellow colors have been present on the banners of the Ukrainian state of different ages. Almost of the same form, as we see it now, the Ukrainian flag was hoisted in Lviv in June 1848.
On Aug.23, an exhibition entitled "Flags with History", will be officially opened on Sofiivska Square by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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