Dates & Holidays of Ukraine

Calendar of Key Dates, National Holidays, and Important Days

Updated: 5 September 2016.

Whether you’re about to visit or just keen on learning about the culture, check out our handy little calendar to learn about the different holidays and celebrations in Ukraine. And as an added little bonus, we’ve listed the names of the months in Ukrainian below the months’ names in English :)

January & February

січень (sichenʹ) & лютий (lyutyy)
1 Jan

New Year's Day

Новий Рік.

7 Jan

Orthodox Christmas

Різдво.

13/14 Jan

Old New Year

Старий Новий Рік. New Year by the Julian calendar.

22 Jan

Ukrainian Unity Day

День соборності України. Also known as "Reunion Day" or the "Day of Ukraine," it celebrates the day of Ukrainian National Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic reuniting in 1919.

14 Feb

Valentine's Day

День святого Валентина.

Week before Great Lent

Maslenitsa

Масниця. Eastern Slavic holiday celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, 8th week before Eastern Orthodox Easter.

March & April

березень (berezenʹ) & квітень (kvitenʹ)
8 Mar

International Women’s Day

Міжнародний жіночий день.

Varying Friday

Good Friday (Orthodox)

Страсна п'ятниця. The Friday preceding Easter Sunday.

Varying Sunday

Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

Великдень. Easter in "Eastern Christianity" is always on one Sunday between 4 April and 8 May on the Gregorian calendar, as it is based on the Julian calendar. Though it should take place sometime during the first week after the astronomical full moon, the Julian full moon occurs several days after the astronomical event.

May & June

травень (travenʹ) & червень (chervenʹ)
1 May

International Workers' Day

День міжнародної солідарності трудящих. Known alternately as "May Day" or "Labor Day."

Varying Sunday

Orthodox Pentecost

Трійця. The Sunday 7 weeks (49 days) following Easter Sunday.

9 May

Victory Day Over Nazism

День перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війні.

28 Jun

Constitution Day

День Конституції.

July & August

липень (lypenʹ) & серпень (serpenʹ)
24 Aug

Independence Day

День Незалежності.

September & October

вересень (veresenʹ) & жовтень (zhovtenʹ)
14 Oct

Defender of Ukraine Day

День захисника України.

November & December

листопад (lystopad) & грудень (hrudenʹ)
9 Nov

Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language

День української писемності та мови. Celebrates the Slavic Cyrillic alphabet.

21 Nov

Dignity and Freedom Day

День Гідності та Свободи. Celebrates the Orange Revolution of 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity of 2013.

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Key Cities & Regions

Kyiv (Kiev) Lviv

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Bonus! Days of the Week in the Ukrainian Language:

Monday: понеділок (ponedilok)
Tuesday: вівторок (vivtorok)
Wednesday: середа (sereda)
Thursday: четвер (chetver)
Friday: п’ятниця (p’jatnycja)
Saturday: субота (subota)
Sunday: неділя (nedilya)

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