The Verkhovna Rada gathered to establish a public holiday in honor of borscht
tourists to the country. The lawmakers decided that the holiday for the popularization of Ukrainian culture should be in honor of “something exclusively Ukrainian” – and they chose borscht. The plans for the adoption of the bill on the day of borscht were shared by the deputy from the Servant of the People party Yevgenia Kravchuk.
“Our borsch, and this is indisputable,” said Kravchuk on her Facebook page. A member of the ruling party, she registered in the Verkhovna Rada a draft resolution “On the appointment of the day of Ukrainian borscht”, which she proposed to celebrate every second Saturday in September.
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Other Ukrainian deputies enthusiastically responded to the idea of perpetuating the dish. “Day of Ukrainian borscht should be a fantastic holiday. This is the support of the Ukrainian spirit and the popularization of something exclusively Ukrainian, ”said Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, the people's deputy from the“ Voice ”party. However, according to some reports, the day of borscht already exists unofficially and is celebrated on November 10.
At the beginning of 2021, in order to protect borscht from belonging to Russian culture, Ukraine submitted to UNESCO a dossier “Culture of Ukrainian borscht cooking” with a request to include soup to the list of Ukrainian intangible heritage. “When you go to a restaurant abroad, you will most likely see“ Borsch (Russian soup) ”on the menu,” complained Ukrainian chef Yevgeny Klopotenko.
Previously, the Google search engine included borsch in the list “ 10 dishes that influenced Russian cuisine.