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Holidays & Observances in Ukraine

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Its culture is unique, but has been affected greatly by the Russians, who ruled over it for many years. There are currently many ethnic Russians living in Ukraine and Russian is a widely spoken language across the country. Christianity is the most common religion, with most people practicing Orthodoxy. Orthodox Christians in Ukraine follow the Julian calendar, so holidays are celebrated on the Julian calendar dates and not the Gregorian dates most countries use. Secularism is a growing group in Ukraine, fueled by years of Soviet Russian rule when religious practices were discouraged. Now religious holidays have gained a renewed popularity, even amongst those who do not consider themselves religious.

 

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Orthodox Christmas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Orthodox New Year Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Ukrainian Unity Day Popular & Widely Observed
Valentine's Day Popular & Widely Observed
National Unity Day Public, National
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
April Fools Day Popular & Widely Observed
Orthodox Easter Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Orthodox Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Labor Day Public, National
Victory Day Public, National
Mother's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Europe Day Popular & Widely Observed
Orthodox Pentecost (Feast of Triytsya) Public, National, Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Orthodox
Constitution Day Public, National
Independence Day Public, National
Day of Defenders and Defenders of Ukraine Public, National