This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Ukraine. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 7 Monday Orthodox Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

January 22 Tuesday Ukrainian Unity Day (Українська) Observance

The day of the proclamation of the Act of Unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian People's Republic (1919).

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Public holiday

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

April 1 Monday April Fools Observance

That day commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes and fake stories.

April 28 Sunday Orthodox Easter Day Public holiday

Easter Day celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian church’s calendar.

April 29 Monday Orthodox Easter Day holiday Public holiday

The Monday after Easter Sunday is a public holiday, so people can have a day off from work and school.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 8 Wednesday Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation Observance

Memorial Day for the victims of the World War II, and reconciliation between the participating countries of the World War II

May 9 Thursday Victory Day Public holiday

It's a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 16 Sunday Orthodox Pentecost Public holiday

The Christian feast day, which is celebrated ten days after Ascension Thursday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. Celebrated 50 days after Orthodox Easter

June 17 Monday Orthodox Pentecost holiday Public holiday

The Monday after Pentecost is a public holiday, so people can have a day off work and school.

June 28 Friday Constitution Day Public holiday

The day commemorates the anniversary of the approval by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) of the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996.

July 6 Saturday Kupala Night Observance

Traditional festival of the Eastern Slavs, dedicated to the summer solstice and the nature's blossom

August 24 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Supreme Soviet in 1991

August 26 Monday Independence Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Independence Day falls on a weekend, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

September 1 Sunday Day of Knowledge Observance

Often simply called 1 September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in many countries of Eastern Europe.

October 6 Sunday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on the first Sunday of October in Ukraine

October 14 Monday Defenders' Day Public holiday

The day honors and pays tribute to all those who fought and are currently fighting for Ukraine's sovereignty.

November 21 Thursday Dignity and Freedom Day (Українська) Observance

The day to commemorate Orange Revolution (2004) and the Revolution of Dignity (2013), celebrated in Ukraine on November 21.

December 19 Thursday St. Nicholas Day Observance

It's the feast day of Saint Nicholas (Winter Mykola in Ukraine), celebrated on December 19.

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Ukraine in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Ukraine. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 7 Monday Orthodox Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

January 22 Tuesday Ukrainian Unity Day (Українська) Observance

The day of the proclamation of the Act of Unification of the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian People's Republic (1919).

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Public holiday

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

April 1 Monday April Fools Observance

That day commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes and fake stories.

April 28 Sunday Orthodox Easter Day Public holiday

Easter Day celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian church’s calendar.

April 29 Monday Orthodox Easter Day holiday Public holiday

The Monday after Easter Sunday is a public holiday, so people can have a day off from work and school.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 8 Wednesday Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation Observance

Memorial Day for the victims of the World War II, and reconciliation between the participating countries of the World War II

May 9 Thursday Victory Day Public holiday

It's a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 16 Sunday Orthodox Pentecost Public holiday

The Christian feast day, which is celebrated ten days after Ascension Thursday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. Celebrated 50 days after Orthodox Easter

June 17 Monday Orthodox Pentecost holiday Public holiday

The Monday after Pentecost is a public holiday, so people can have a day off work and school.

June 28 Friday Constitution Day Public holiday

The day commemorates the anniversary of the approval by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) of the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996.

July 6 Saturday Kupala Night Observance

Traditional festival of the Eastern Slavs, dedicated to the summer solstice and the nature's blossom

August 24 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Supreme Soviet in 1991

August 26 Monday Independence Day Holiday Public holiday

When the Independence Day falls on a weekend, an additional day-off will be on Monday after the weekend.

September 1 Sunday Day of Knowledge Observance

Often simply called 1 September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in many countries of Eastern Europe.

October 6 Sunday Teacher's Day Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on the first Sunday of October in Ukraine

October 14 Monday Defenders' Day Public holiday

The day honors and pays tribute to all those who fought and are currently fighting for Ukraine's sovereignty.

November 21 Thursday Dignity and Freedom Day (Українська) Observance

The day to commemorate Orange Revolution (2004) and the Revolution of Dignity (2013), celebrated in Ukraine on November 21.

December 19 Thursday St. Nicholas Day Observance

It's the feast day of Saint Nicholas (Winter Mykola in Ukraine), celebrated on December 19.

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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