Public Holidays in Ukraine
It is pretty obvious that the Ukrainian women and men are very fond of celebrating festivals and holidays. It is traditional that they celebrate various Soviet festivals as well as Western holidays. The various holidays celebrated in the city of Kiev, there are 3 categories namely religious, public and various holidays. All the public holidays are marked red on the calendar so that you can be reminded when to have a good time.
January 1st – New Year’s Day
It is definitely the best holiday of the year. It can be said that over 90% of the Ukrainians have said that it is their favorite holiday of the year and most importantly everybody waits for it. People who want to celebrate this precious holiday can book various night clubs, wineries, festive dinners, and numerous parties that are held only in the famous hotels around the city of Kiev, Ukraine. the new year celebration lasts from the last week of December until the beginning to January and people very generously party until the wee hours of the morning.
January 7th – Orthodox Christmas
According to the Julian calendar, it celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January because it is 13 days behind the actual calendar. Since Christmas wasn’t celebrated by the Soviets until the 20th century, it becomes a very recently added holiday that the citizens very religiously follow. Christmas Eve would be on 6th January, the day when various families gather for a feast. The meal on the 6th January is dedicated to the twelve apostles of Christ. Children go door to door to exchange gifts and good will to relatives and friends.
February 14th – St Valentine’s Day
There have been various American and European holidays celebrated in the Soviet Union that have been adopted over the years. The tradition and the cultures followed on this day are similar to the one in the Western countries.
March 8th – International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8th to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. Women’s Day in the Ukraine is as important, if not more important than Mother’s Day elsewhere in the world.
May 1st – Day of Spring and Labor
Every Ukrainian city celebrates its day when it was founded. Kiev day will be celebrated on the last week of May. There are performances by various actors and performers. Many people from every city of Ukraine visit Kiev to watch the performances and the celebration. The streets are decorated and every citizen of Kiev would be very delighted during the holidays to have a good time. There is also a celebration of fireworks during the night. After new year’s day, Kiev day is another one of the favorite holidays of the citizens.
August 24th – Independence Day
Ukraine’s parliament adopted the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine on 24 August 1991. Thus like other countries Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day as a national holiday. Grand military parade is organized.