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Hear Ukrainians Singing Happy Birthday (Video)

Updated on January 13th, 2024

This may seem obvious to some of you more worldly travelers, but I honestly had no idea that people in other countries sang the American Happy Birthday song in English! Ukraine isn’t like Western Europe, where everyone speaks English — most folks speak little to none, so I was pleasantly surprised to capture the following birthday celebration.

"Kyiv is a bilingual capital, something unusual in Europe and unthinkable in Russia and the United States."
-- Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
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