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 Новий Рік
January 7[2] (Julian) Christmas Різдво Religious holiday
March 8[3] International Women's Day Міжнародний жіночий день
moveable (Julian) Easter Monday Великдень Religious holiday
moveable Easter + 49 days (Julian) Pentecost Monday Трійця Religious holiday
May 1[4] International Workers' Day День праці Until 2018, May 2 was also a public holiday[4]
May 9 Victory day over Nazism in World War II День перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війні To commemorate the end of World War II and the Allied victory over Nazi Germany
June 28 Constitution Day День Конституції To commemorate Ukraine's Constitution of 1996
August 24 Independence Day День Незалежності From the USSR in 1991
October 14[5] Defender of Ukraine Day День захисника України Public holiday since 2015[6]
December 25[2][7] (Gregorian and Revised Julian) Christmas Різдво Religious holiday since 2017

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 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 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.

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  1. ^ "В Україні з'явився ще один вихідний: 14 жовтня – День захисника України". Урядовий Кур’єр. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. ^ a b Poroshenko Signs Law Declaring December 25 Public Holiday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (29 November 2017)
  3. ^ Women Demand Equal Rights In Kyiv March, RFE/RL (March 08, 2018)
  4. ^ a b Рада зробила 25 грудня вихідним днем. BBC Україна (in Ukrainian). 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Ukraine celebrates Day of Defender and three more holidays, 112 Ukraine (14 October 2018)
  7. ^ "Ukraine seeks distance from Moscow with new Christmas holiday". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
    (in Ukrainian)"Рада зробила 25 грудня вихідним днем". BBC Україна. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.

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