Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Ukraine

EuropeUkraineFestivals & Holidays in Ukraine
DateEnglish nameUkrainian nameRemarks
January 1New Year’s DayНовий Рік 
January 7ChristmasРіздвоReligious holiday
March 8International Women’s DayМіжнародний жіночий день 
moveableOrthodox EasterВеликденьReligious holiday
moveableEaster + 49 daysOrthodox PentecostТрійцяReligious holiday
May 1 & 2International Workers’ DayДень міжнародної солідарності трудящих 
May 9Victory Day over Nazism in World War IIДень перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війніTo commemorate the end of World War II and the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
June 28Constitution DayДень КонституціїTo commemorate Ukraine’s Constitution of 1996.
August 24Independence DayДень НезалежностіFrom the USSR in 1991
October 14Defender of Ukraine DayДень захисника України 

The Julian calendar is used to celebrate religious festivals (but here the Gregoriandate of Christmas is written).

When a public holiday occurs on a weekend (for example, Saturday or Sunday), the next working day (for example, Monday) becomes an official day off as well.

If there are just one or two working days between a public holiday and another day off, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers typically issues a proposal to eliminate this gap by relocating these working days to a certain Saturday (that is to have uninterrupted vacations, but to compensate this by work on another day which would be a day off). Typically, such suggestions only apply to workers who have Saturday and Sunday off each week.