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Holidays & Observances in Ukraine

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Its culture is unique, but has been affected greatly by the Russians, who ruled over it for many years. There are currently many ethnic Russians living in Ukraine and Russian is a widely spoken language across the country. Christianity is the most common religion, with most people practicing Orthodoxy. Orthodox Christians in Ukraine follow the Julian calendar, so holidays are celebrated on the Julian calendar dates and not the Gregorian dates most countries use. Secularism is a growing group in Ukraine, fueled by years of Soviet Russian rule when religious practices were discouraged. Now religious holidays have gained a renewed popularity, even amongst those who do not consider themselves religious.


Upcoming Popular Holidays

Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Independence Day Independence Day of Ukraine National, Federal, Bank, Public