Local Ukrainian celebration has a different feel as war-torn homeland continues to struggle against Russian invasion

This year’s Easter festival at the Ukraine Cultural Center had a very different feel to last year, as Eastern Europeans living in Los Angeles instead gathered to offer support to their homeland – still in the midst of the ongoing Russian invasion.

Instead, the festival turned into a fundraiser, where the hundreds of attendees joined in Ukrainian traditions, while supporting their friends, family and country by buying different items from vendors and donating. of their time and goods to send abroad.

“We decided that the war situation was so serious, that they needed all the attention and help in Ukraine,” said

“It really is now (a) state of emergency. I think everyone realizes that.” she continued. “All, all efforts are essential for Ukraine to survive – we need the country to be independent.”

So far, since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian Cultural Center has been able to send more than 10,000 medical kits to the front lines in Ukraine, largely thanks to the generosity and support of thousands of Angelenos.

The center saw this annual event as an opportunity to continue giving back to their homeland, while respecting their customs, cultures and traditions.

“It’s wonderful, really, how cultures have come together to support Ukraine,” the event organizer concluded.

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