Public holidays in Ukraine

Holidays established by law

DateEnglish nameUkrainian nameRemarks
January 1New YearНовий Рік
January 7[2](Julian) ChristmasРіздвоReligious holiday
March 8[3]International Women's DayМіжнародний жіночий день
moveable(Julian) Easter MondayВеликденьReligious holiday
moveable Easter + 50 days(Julian) Pentecost MondayТрійцяReligious holiday
May 1[4]International Workers' DayДень праціUntil 2018, May 2 was also a public holiday[4]
May 9Victory day over Nazism in World War IIДень перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війніTo commemorate the end of World War II and the Allied victory over Nazi Germany
June 28Constitution DayДень КонституціїTo commemorate Ukraine's Constitution of 1996
August 24Independence DayДень НезалежностіFrom the USSR in 1991
October 14[5]Defender of Ukraine DayДень захисника УкраїниPublic 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.

Holidays celebrated by the uniformed organizations

  • March 26 - National Guard Day
  • April 30 - Border Guards Day
  • May 18 - Reservists' Day
  • May 23 – Naval Infantry Day
  • July 4 - Police Day
  • July 8 – Air and Air Defence Forces Day
  • First Sunday in July – Navy Day;[8] From 1997 till 2011 this day was celebrated on August 1[9][10]
  • August 8 – Signal Corps Day
  • September 7 – Military Intelligence Forces Day
  • September 9 – Armoured Forces Day
  • September 14 – Mobilized Servicemen Day
  • October 29 – Finance Officers Day
  • November 3 – Rocket Forces and Artillery Day
  • November 3 – Corps of Engineers Day
  • November 21 – Air Assault Forces Day [11][12][13]
  • December 6 – Armed Forces Day; festive fireworks and salutes take place in various cities in Ukraine[14] The holiday was established in 1993 by the Verkhovna Rada.[15]
  • December 12 – Ground Forces Day
  • December 23 – Operational Servicemen Day

Other national holidays

See also


  1. "В Україні з'явився ще один вихідний: 14 жовтня – День захисника України". Урядовий Кур’єр. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. 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. Рада зробила 25 грудня вихідним днем. BBC Україна (in Ukrainian). 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  5. Ukraine celebrates Day of Defender and three more holidays, 112 Ukraine (14 October 2018)
  6. "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.
  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 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  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 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  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"". Адміністрація Президента України. 2017-11-21. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  12. "Poroshenko: 469 Ukrainian paratroopers killed in Donbas amid war". UNIAN. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  13. Festive fireworks and salutes to take place in 9 cities on Sunday Archived 2010-12-24 at the Wayback Machine, UNIAN (December 3, 2009)
  14. Ukraine marks Armed Forces Day (Video), UNIAN (06 December 2017)
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