Constitution Day (Ukraine)

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Constitution Day
День Конституції
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Stamp of Ukraine commemorating the holiday
Observed by Ukraine
Type National
Significance The anniversary of the signing of the Ukrainian constitution of 1996
Celebrations Speeches by politicians[1][2]
Date 28 June
Next time 28 June 2019 (2019-06-28)
Frequency annual

Constitution Day (Ukrainian: День Конституції) is an Ukrainian public holiday celebrated on 28 June since 1996.[3][4] It commemorates the anniversary of the approval by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) of the Constitution of Ukraine on 28 June 1996.[4][5]

Before the Revolution of Dignity, 2014 [1], many Ukrainians did not use to see it as a holiday. According to surveys about 10% believed it should not be a day off, but a working day (there were 12% in 2008; this number had shrunk from 14% in 2003).[6] Currently this is a significant event both in Western and Eastern Ukraine [2] and is celebrated among the most respected holidays in Ukraine.[7]

Soviet Constitution day (7 October) was never observed in the Ukrainian SSR (the predecessor of modern Ukraine).[8]


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