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a civics lesson

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Part of the joy of adopting internationally is learning the culture of the children we bring home. Meshack and I try as hard as we can to incorporate our children's Russian heritage into our family, sometimes that's easier said than done...but we're working on it.

Unfortunately, we know even less about Ukraine. We know it used to be part of the Soviet Block, but we know nothing about it's culture. Now that we've started on the journey to bring Maddie home, we are determined to learn as much as we can. After all the more we know of Ukraine the more we will be able to teach her about her heritage!
So when I saw this post on one of my e-groups the other day, I knew I needed to share it with you. I hope you find it as informative as I did. It's from the book "Ukraine", published by Children's Press.
Ukraine Trivia...

1. Europe's geographical center is in Ukraine, near the town of Rakhiv in the Carpathian Mountains, making it technically in Central Europe and not Eastern Europe.

2. What is the name of Ukraine's currency? Hryvnia, issued by Prince Volodymyr the Great whose picture is on the one hryvnia note.

3. The name "Ukraine" originates from the ancient Slavic word 'okraina', which means borderland.

4. The two major mountain groups in Ukraine are the Carpathians in southwestern Ukraine and the Krymians along the southern shore of the Krymian Peninsula.

5. The Ukraine's longest (and Europe's 3rd longest) river is the Dnipro River, which flows 609 miles (980 km)!

6. The bright blue on the Ukrainian flag represents the beautiful blue skies and blue waters of Ukraine and the bright yellow represents the fields of wheat and sunflowers.

7. The Ukrainian legislature declare Ukraine an independent country on August 24, 1991.
8. Ukraine's first president was Leonid Kravchuk.

9. The words of the Ukrainian national anthem are based off of a poem written in 1863 and later set to music.

"Ukraine Lives On" (Shche Ne Vmerla Ukrayina)

Ukraine lives on, so too its glory and freedom,
Good fortune will still smile on us, brother Ukrainians.
Our enemies will die, as the dew does in the sunshine,
and we, too brothers, we'll live happily in our land.
We'll not spare whether our soul or our bodies to get freedom
and we will prove that we are brothers of Kozak kin.
We'll rise up, brothers, all of us, from the Syan River to the Don,
We won't let anyone govern in our motherland.
The Black Sea will smile and grandfather Dnipro will rejoice,
In our Ukraine good fortune will yet abound.
Our persistence, our sincere toil will prove its rightness,
still our freedom's loud song will spread throughout Ukraine.
It'll resound upon the Carpathians, and sound throughout the steppes,
While Ukraine's glory will rise among the people.

2 salty messages:

Karin April 15, 2007 at 9:41 AM  

Thanks for the lesson. I am a culture hound and the more info the better. I too, do not know much about the Ukraine or many of the Eastern Block nations. I will enjoy reading your blog to learn as you learn and to follow your journey to a daughter, what a beautiful thing.

Tami April 15, 2007 at 10:37 AM  

Thanks for checking in! I've been reading your blog for some time now and have enjoyed following your journey as well.

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