Day of Ukrainian Cossacks
Despite the huge number of controversial issues Cossacks , one should not underestimate its role in shaping a country such as Ukraine. That it was the perfect consolidating factor that united the people around one idea - to achieve independence and to build their own state.
As a purely national, Ukrainian phenomenon Cossacks appeared in the 14th century. From the beginning, it consisted solely of free people, who dedicated his life to defend the homeland from enemies.
The main characteristic of Zaporizhzhya Sich include, first of all, democracy. This is ahead of Europe for centuries. At a time when the whole of Europe adopted a sharp division of society into classes and social strata in the Zaporizhzhya Sich all were considered equal comrades, brothers with equal rights and responsibilities for all Cossacks. Here are two words that have attracted everyone: freedom and equality. Cossack freedom - this is not anarchy. This freedom creates obligations and consisted in the fact that those who carried out his responsibilities, he also had freedom. And equality was that at the camp there was no room for the servants or masters.
Since July 2002, our country has a Ukrainian Registered Cossacks - organization, which considers itself the successor and the traditions of the Cossacks of Ukraine. It brings together nearly 70,000 Cossacks. Activities of the Ukrainian Registered Cossacks: scientific, educational, spiritual and ideological, economic, social, national and military. Of Cossack formations are: "Cossacks of Ukraine" (2001), "The Ukrainian Cossacks" (1991), "Union of Cossack organizations of Ukraine" (1999), "United Cossacks of Ukraine" (2003) and others.
Since 1991, regularly organizes horse trips, trips to the seagulls, festivals, tournaments and national martial arts martial arts. In 2001, the federation was established Ukrainian Cossack fight and the International Federation of combat hopak.
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