Public holidays in Ukraine

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Public holidays in Ukraine

The following are public holidays in Ukraine.[1]

Date English name Ukrainian name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Новий Рік Religious holiday
January 7 Orthodox Christmas Різдво Religious holiday
March 8 International Women's Day Міжнародний жіночий день
moveable April 20[2] Orthodox Easter Великдень Religious holiday
Easter + 49 days Orthodox Pentecost Трійця Religious holiday
May 1 & 2 International Workers' Day День праці (День міжнародної солідарності трудящих)
May 9[3] Memorial Day День Пам'яті To commemorate the end of World War II.
June 28 Constitution Day День Конституції To commemorate Ukraine's Constitution of 1996.
August 24 Independence Day День Незалежності From the USSR in 1991

Religious holidays are observed according to the Julian calendar (but here the Gregorian date of Christmas is written).

When a public holiday falls on a weekend (e.g. Saturday or Sunday), the following working day (e.g. Monday) turns into an official day off too.

If only one or only two working days are between a public holiday and another day off then the Verkhovna Rada usually releases a recommendation to avoid this gap by moving these working days onto a certain Saturday (that is to have uninterrupted vacations, but to compensate this by work on another day which would be a day off). Usually such recommendations only concern those employees whose weekly days off are Saturday and Sunday.


  1. ^ Information about Ukrainian Official Holidays in 2014 from the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, in Ukrainian
  2. ^ in 2014
  3. ^ 5 канал: Україна відмовляється від "георгієвської стрічки" на користь "червоного маку" (Ukrainian)

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