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Easter postcard (by Jacques Hnizdovsky)
Easter postcard (by Jacques Hnizdovsky)

The following are public holidays in Ukraine.[1]

Holidays established by law

Date English name Ukrainian name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Новий Рік
7 January[2] (Julian) Christmas Різдво Христове Religious holiday
8 March[3] International Women's Day Міжнародний жіночий день
moveable (Julian) Easter Великдень Religious holiday
moveable Easter + 49 days (Julian) Pentecost Трійця Religious holiday
1 May [4] International Workers' Day День праці Until 2018, 2 May was also a public holiday[4]
8, 9 May 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, 9 May also marked as Europe Day
28 June Constitution Day День Конституції України To commemorate Ukraine's Constitution of 1996
28 July Statehood Day День Української Державності To commemorate the Christianization of Kievan Rus'.
24 August Independence Day День Незалежности України From the USSR in 1991
14 October[5] Defenders of Ukraine Day День захисників і захисниць України Public holiday since 2015[5]
25 December[2][6] (Gregorian and Revised Julian) Christmas Різдво Христове 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.

Holidays celebrated by the uniformed organizations

Other national holidays

Fixed date

Commemorative and remembrance days in honor of Ukrainian victories won in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Beginning 2023 the following days are earmarked as days of remembrance and honor in relation to Ukrainian victories during the current (2022) invasion:


See also


  1. ^ "В Україні з'явився ще один вихідний: 14 жовтня – День захисника України". Урядовий Кур’єр. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Poroshenko Signs Law Declaring 25 December 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). 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b Day of Defenders and Defendresses of Ukraine celebrated today, Ukrinform (14 October 2021)
  6. ^ "Ukraine seeks distance from Moscow with new Christmas holiday". m.digitaljournal.com. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
    (in Ukrainian)"Рада зробила 25 грудня вихідним днем". BBC Україна. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ Ukrainian Navy to celebrate its holiday on first Sunday of July – decree Archived 2015-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (12 June 2015)
  8. ^ Reif, Joe (2001). The Global Road Warrior: 100 Country Handbook for the International Business Traveler (3 ed.). World Trade Press. p. 781. ISBN 1-885073-86-0. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  9. ^ Ukraine Intelligence & Security Activities and Operations Handbook. International Business Publications, USA. 2009. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-7397-1661-8. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  10. ^ "День десантників вирішили перенести". Українська правда. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Указ Президента України №380/2017 від 21 листопада 2017 року "Про День Десантно-штурмових військ Збройних Сил України"". president.gov.ua. Адміністрація Президента України. 21 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Poroshenko: 469 Ukrainian paratroopers killed in Donbas amid war". UNIAN. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  13. ^ Festive fireworks and salutes to take place in 9 cities on Sunday Archived 2010-12-24 at the Wayback Machine, UNIAN (3 December 2009)
  14. ^ Ukraine marks Armed Forces Day (Video), UNIAN (06 December 2017)
  15. ^ a b Day of Remembrance of Ukraine’s Defenders marked today, Ukrinform (29 August 2020)