Public Holidays in Ukraine

Ukraine, a diverse and culturally rich nation in Eastern Europe, observes a variety of public holidays throughout the year. These holidays reflect Ukraine's historical and religious heritage and offer an opportunity for Ukrainians to come together in celebration and reflection.

New Year's Day (Новий Рік) - January 1st

Ukraine kicks off the year with festivities similar to those around the world. People gather for parties, fireworks, and the enjoyment of traditional dishes like kutya.

Christmas Day (Різдво) - January 7th

Christmas in Ukraine follows the Julian calendar, with January 7th being the main celebration day. Ukrainians attend church services and enjoy a lavish meal with 12 meatless dishes.

International Women's Day (Міжнародний Жіночий День) - March 8th

This day is dedicated to celebrating women and their achievements. Men often give flowers and gifts to the women in their lives.

Easter (Великдень) - Date Varies

Easter is one of the most important religious holidays in Ukraine. It involves a range of traditions, including church services, the blessing of Easter baskets, and egg decorating.

Labour Day (День праці) - May 1st

Labour Day is a time for workers' rights celebrations, with parades and public events organized throughout the country.

Victory Day (День Перемоги) - May 9th

Ukraine commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II with parades, concerts, and wreath-laying ceremonies.

Constitution Day (День Конституції) - June 28th

This day celebrates the adoption of Ukraine's post-Soviet constitution in 1996. It's marked by cultural events and patriotic gatherings.

Independence Day (День Незалежності) - August 24th

Ukraine's most significant national holiday marks its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Festivities include a grand military parade in Kyiv and fireworks.

Defender of Ukraine Day (День захисника України) - October 14th

A relatively new holiday, it honors the defenders of Ukraine and its sovereignty. It includes military parades and ceremonies.

Day of Dignity and Freedom (День гідності і свободи) - November 21st

This holiday commemorates the 2013–2014 Euromaidan protests that led to political change in Ukraine. It's a time for reflection on the nation's path towards democracy.

Christmas Eve (Святвечір) - January 6th

On Christmas Eve, Ukrainians follow a tradition of a meatless meal called Sviata Vecheria, featuring dishes like borscht, kutya, and varenyky (dumplings).

These public holidays in Ukraine not only hold historical and religious significance but also showcase the country's vibrant culture and traditions. Visitors to Ukraine during these holidays can witness the rich tapestry of Ukrainian life, from colorful Easter egg displays to the patriotic fervor of Independence Day. The celebrations serve as a reminder of Ukraine's enduring spirit and its commitment to preserving its unique identity.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Christmas Day December 25 Monday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Monday Public Holiday
International Women's Day March 08 Friday Public Holiday
International Workers' Day May 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Orthodox Easter Day May 05 Sunday Public Holiday
Orthodox Easter Monday May 06 Monday Public Holiday
Victory Day May 09 Thursday Public Holiday

Holidays by year

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