Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Manneken Pis in Brussels dressed in Duke Yaroslav the Wise costume on the occasion of Ukraine's Independence Day

KYIV, August 24, 2011 (UKRINFORM). The famous statue of the Manneken Pis in the Belgian capital Brussels has been on Wednesday dressed in a historical reconstruction of the costume of Duke Yaroslav the Wise of Kievan Rus. The organizer of a traditional action on the occasion of Ukraine's Independence Day in Brussels is the European Association of Ukrainians. A unique costume has been delivered to the City Hall of Brussels by a 10-year-old Ukrainian opera singer Solomiya Lukyanets. Brussels city hall officials said the action to dress the Manneken Pis has became the 871st since the foundation of this tradition in 1698. The organizers expect that by to the end of Wednesday, 24 August, the Manneken Pis wearing the ancient Kyiv costume will be viewed by about 10,000 tourists.