My first big trip abroad was in my sweet 16!
Without parents almost 1,5 month, with another 16 teenagers around, a stern conductor and her assistant even sterner!
I was in choir, second soprano, travelling around two US states signing in Churches!
Like a rest camp on first part in a day, going to Disney Land, Universal studios, 6 Flags. And a real signer group in the evening with songs in four languages and little cute dances)
“It was cool”, - I am thinking now)))
“It’s kinda boring”, - I thought that time.
Because anywhere I go first time I can’t say I love it very much, doesn’t matter what is it. New country I travel in, beautiful restaurant or the hotel I living in!
First time in new place doesn’t give me this true feeling of happiness inside me as many other people feel!
So been first time in US gave me the feeling like something new but still like a normal for me, like I lived there for a long time and excitement of new country was off!!!
But come back to the choir…
So all of us had beautiful costumes in Ukrainian style, the blouse -vishyvanka! (And down - skirts, boys -wide pants!)
That you see in the photo! Also 16 y.o, as I was in my travel to US, coincedence?
Doesn’t matter))) Just curios I found it after such a long time)))
And just now I found out what national Ukrainian outfit mean. Sharing with you…
Vyshyvanka is used as a talisman to protect the person wearing it and to tell a story.
Embroidery symbolism contains a hidden meaning. It can protect from trouble, give good luck and prosperity. Or vice versa, an unfamiliar symbol will condemn the bearer of the embroidery to perform a "program", untypical for his age and life purpose.
The power of blouses/shirts to protect a person all the harms!
We had two colours in our costumes White -source of purity and holiness, Blue- symbol of purification, peace of mind, deliverance from illnesses!
Very symbolic and predictable, considering the fact that we sang in churches.)
We healed people not only with our voices, but also with our looks) Hm, perfect combination)
In all performances, and photo shootings, everywhere in… Ukrainian Vishyvanka was on us!
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