Looking back over the past year, we logically follow the first half of the year with the second one. Summer and autumn, their mood and events in the photos of our dear author, photographer Serhiy Hudak.
With the beginning of the summer, heat and long evenings come to our city, in the following weeks, the downtown will even resemble resort towns – same promenades, cozy terraces of cafes and leasure pace of life. And also, beautiful sunsets. Uzhgorod, you are beautiful!
On the bank of the Uzh, people jump over the fire, worshiping Kupala. Yes, in June. Because the event was arranged by pagans who celebrate the summer solstice.
The feast for children called "Fortress" is always a good event. This time, athletes showed their skills. In particular, workout enthusiasts: strong and skillful.
Ilona Zrinyi marries Imre Thokoly. Just like 335 years ago. The wedding of the most romantic couple of our lands and those times was recreated in the Palanok Castle in Mukachevo. There was even a wedding feast…
Visa-free travel! Two Ukrainian journalists visiting Hungary were the first to cross the border of Ukraine after the event of the year – the opening of visa-free regime with Europe.
The heat… Transcarpathia takes tourists and rejoices at the first harvest and the beauty of the fields in the summer.
The parade of chimney-sweeps in Mukachevo becomes international: colleagues from Hungary took part in it. The chamber event is becoming more popular and has a chance to become a festival.
A large training of reservists at the military range near Uzhgorod: more than three hundred men live in the field and train in the open air.
Uzhgorod regatta! As always, it is a fun holiday! The Uzh is once again (and as usual in the summer) very shallow, but for the first time, the Mayor Bohdan Andriyiv took the oars. Regatta-2017 broke the record in terms of number of participants and as usual became a great entertaining event.
The hottest and most relaxing month of the summer, naturally, was not too eventful. So that even the adventures of the swans on the "Kirpichka" lake was covered in the news. Well, indeed, they are really beautiful, and therefore worthy of attention.
"Running for a soldier". The charitable race organized in the framework of the project "This Way We’ll Win" in support of the Transcarpathians, who were wounded or got sick at the front, brought together over one hundred participants. And it has all chances to become a good tradition for Uzhgorod.
Flag day. On the occasion of the holiday, the hundred-meter-long yellow-blue flag was unfurled in Uzhgorod again. Soldiers, in particular, veterans of the Russian-Ukrainian war also took.part in the ceremony
"Prayer for Ukraine". Uzhgorod omce again wakes up Ukraine on her birthday. The Transcarpathian folk choir arranges a prayer service and a mini concert at dawn of the Independence Day. Beautiful, touching, tear-jerking…
And in afternoon, torches of memory were lit up in Uzhgorod. Within the volunteer charity project "This Way We’ll Win", four torches were lit up – one for each year of the war.
Going to school for the first time! The festive line-up on September 1 is very touching.
Day of Athletics on Narodna Square – the opportunity for athletes to show their talents.
Transcarpathian grape! The harvesting has begun: soon the grape will become a noble drink.
The most controversial topic of the year is the language aspect of the educational law. Activists and visitors are not allowed at the session of the Transcarpathian Regional Council. The reason is the anticipated protests regarding the adoption by the deputies of an appeal to Kyiv concerning the languages of national minorities.
"Winemaking. Wedding." The Transcarpathian folk choir presented in Uzhgorod castle an original program about the Transcarpathian colorful customs associated with the harvesting of grapes and weddings.
Mushroom season began in Transcarpathia. Soon it will turn into a real boom. Many mushrooms are sold at markets, people take baskets and go to look for mushrooms themselves.
Uzhgorod hosts the first international open cynologist championship of the National Police of Ukraine.
Drugets have started to reign in Uzhgorod. In 2018, it will have been exactly 700 years since the reign of Drugets in the main city of Transcarpathia. On this occasion, on September 27, 2017, the festival, which will take place this year, was announced with a theatrical event. According to the script, simple people rebelled against the newly arrived rulers and were defeated by the army. It was very spectacular and a bit funny.
Golden autumn! Transcarpathian architectural monuments look particularly beautiful in the frame of yellowed leaves.
Language controversy continues. Language innovations in the educational law are being actively discussed in the region. Politicians and the community are arguing.
Truck drivers riot. Customs office processes trucks too slowly, multi-kilometer queues are formed on the border. It does not suit both the truckers and ordinary drivers. The former even block the roads to draw attention to the problem, despite the fact that traffic congestion is mainly caused by foreign customs officers.
Halloween, despite its foreign origin, is becoming a part of the calendar of Uzhgorod events. This time, volunteers used this opportunity to launch the charity campaign "Witch’s place": they reminded about mystical traditions of the region and raised money to support the soldiers.
Uzhgorod hosts an incredible volunteer project. The exhibition "If It Were Not for the War" is about the stories of people whose lives were changed forever by the events that we all know of. And also, the stories of their loved ones. There is a lot of truth here, a lot of pride and a lot of heart. And a lot of pain.
Cultural event of the year. A unique exhibition valuable both in terms of quality and historical content was arranged in the Uzhgorod castle. Now, the Transcarpathian Regional Local Lore Museum invites visitors to the magnificent exhibition "History of Transcarpathia from the VIII century to 1919"
Transcarpathian Beaujolais! Uzhgorod celebrates the feast of new wine together with Europe. Bohdan Andriyiv, the mayor, opens the first barrel of this year’s harvest. The season of wine festivals in the region starts in a few weeks.
"Black March". The nationalists marched in Uzhgorod with flags and flares.
Foresters are rallying near the Transcarpathian Regional Council building. It is related to the Government’s proposed reform of the industry, which they consider to be unacceptable, as it will change the "rules of the game" in the forestry sector. A well-organized "rally" will have a quick result: the regional deputies will support the appeal of foresters to Kyiv.
Autumn is turning into winter. In November, Uzhgorod streets look almost the same as in the following winter: not warm, but not too cold, and no snow. Apparently, pigeons on Teatralna Square like this mild winter.
…So, we completed the review of 2017 and wish 2018 to be better, more interesting, prosperous eventful, and eventually victorious! Happy New Year!