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President and Prime Minister lead ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- National Holiday celebrates the Proclamation of the Hetmanate in 1899 and the victory against the Karzask Hordes in 1460
- More than 10,000 people participate at the Park Svobody ceremony in central Vitebsk
- More than 15,000 soldiers march on Zamkovaya Prospekt Parade
You must be registered for see imagesThe National Day of the People's Republic of Vitebsk has been celebrated with great pomp and fanfare in the great cities of the nation, with more than 10 million citizens participating in a series of ceremonies celebrating the Proclamation of the Hetmanate, the 1st Republic, replacing the Kingdom of Polesia with the Vitebskian State, 132 years ago, while in parallel, also celebrating the great victory of Ovruch in 1460, which has stopped the Karzaski raids in Slavic lands, paving the way to the Vitebskian hegemony over the northern shores of the Axshaina Sea.
The 10th of September has been the official National Holiday of the People's Republic of Vitebsk since the Gentle Revolution in 1983, when the Corporatist regime was abolished and the Social Republic was replaced by the current People's Republic. Before this, the national holiday was the 23rd of August, which comemorated the 1944 revolution which brought upon the creation of the Social Republic. Even so, there are many corporatist nostalgists which still come together on the 23rd of August at the grave of Hetman Bohdan Datsenko, remembering what they see as a "saner and more stable time", the rosy lenses of nostalgia ignoring the realities of the corporatist dictatorship.
Even so, the majority of the people in Vitebsk are celebrating today the proclamation of the 1st republic, and for many, the 10th of September has become the equivalent of a prolonged weekend, which besides the patriotic duties of today also meant enjoying the early autumn holidays on the shores of the Axshaina Sea, whose warm waters and hot winds coming from Himyar make sunbathing and swimming comfortable up until mid October. More than 300,000 people have been reported to be hosted in hotels in Vitebsk City, Ovruch, Poliske and Zapolye, with the majority enjoying the autumnal discounts in the resorts in the Rybalskyi Peninsula.
The leaders of the People's Republic, President Artur Andrijovych Voloshchuk and Prime Minister Tetyana Valeriyivna Rusnak have led the ceremonies in Vitebsk City, each of them laying a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Svobody Park in central Vitebsk, followed by a series of speeches, with both political leaders giving their respects to the heroes of the past and their sacrifices for a free, democratic and sovereign People's Republic of Vitebsk. More than 10,000 people have participated in the early morning this Saturday to this ceremony.
The main even today, as in any National Holiday has been the military parade on Zamkovaya Prospekt in central Vitebsk, with the largest military parade organised to this date, with more than 15,000 soldiers participating, 100 tanks, 200 armoured vehicles, 30 helicopters and 20 airplanes. The People's Army of Vitebsk, known as the Blue Army has marched on the main boulevard of the city, comemorating 132 years since their first parade as a republican army, celebrating the end of the Kingdom of Polesia and the Proclamation of the Hetmanate, the 1st Republic of Vitebsk.
"It is with great pride that we are here on Zamkovaya Prospekt again, celebrating the prowess of the Blue Army, the sacrifice of our ancestors, the greatness of the nation and the future for our children. The National Day means more than just a celebration of a republican revolution more than a century ago, it is a celebration of everything the People's Republic of Vitebsk stands for, especially in the current world. We are here to safeguard the future of our children, live our lives in peace and joy and respect the past generations for the effort they made to bring us to modern day. Currently, Vitebsk stands richer, greater and more independent than ever and is a mature member of the international scene, always ready to stand for peace and ensure the primacy of the interests of its citizens. To all our potential foes, we will say only this: Our forefathers were quick to take up weapons and defend their homeland and we will be too. Never take our aspirations for world peace for weakness, for should the interests of Vitebskian citizens be violated, we will respond in kind," stated President Artur Andrijovych Voloshchuk in his address.
TOURIST SEASON CONTINUES: The start of autumn did not deter tourists along the Axshaina Riviera, as the warm waters of the sea and the hot air currents from Himyar make the holiday season last up until October and in some extreme cases even early november. In total about a million people are on holiday this extended weekend, with 300,000 people on the Axshaina Riviera on the Rybalskyi Peninsula. Vitebsk still waits with its arms open to welcome tourists from Scania, Touzen and Gallo-Germania, where the weather already turned dour to enjoy the autumnal environment in 30 degrees Celsius if not even more.