Public holidays in Ukraine

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Public holidays in Ukraine

The following are public holidays in Ukraine.[1]

DateEnglish nameUkrainian nameRemarks
January 1New Year's DayНовий РікReligious holiday
January 7Orthodox ChristmasРіздвоReligious holiday
March 8International Women's DayМіжнародний жіночий день
moveable April 20[2]Orthodox EasterВеликденьReligious holiday
Easter + 49 daysOrthodox PentecostТрійцяReligious holiday
May 1 & 2International Workers' DayДень праці (День міжнародної солідарності трудящих)
May 9[3]Memorial DayДень Пам'ятіTo commemorate the end of World War II.
June 28Constitution DayДень КонституціїTo commemorate Ukraine's Constitution of 1996.
August 24Independence DayДень НезалежностіFrom 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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