Special Ukrainian Dates
There are special dates and events in the life of
Ukraine that are memorable to every Ukrainian citizen.
They are Christmas, St. Valentine's Day, Women’s Day,
and Independence Day.
The first special date in the Ukrainian calendar has to
be 6th January, Christmas Day. Until recently
this day wasn't recognized by the government and indeed
was even prohibited. Nevertheless, it has always been
celebrated within homes, especially in western Ukraine.
A new date to add into the calendar is February
otherwise known as St Valentine's Day. This day of
lovers has always been popular in western European
countries and has now reached Ukraine. On this day
people with romantic interest in each other should give
presents and flowers. It is also an opportunity to tell
somebody you art-interested in them if they do not
International Women's Day falls on March 8th,
is like Mother’s Day in Great Britain. This day is
hugely popular with women in Ukraine as they receive
flowers and chocolates from the men. Children give their
mothers presents, or send them postcards.
One of the most exciting holidays for families is
Easter. It could fall on any Sunday in April or May and
full of lovely traditions which the whole family become
Eggs are boiled and then painted
brightly in different colors. Very special sweet Easter
bread is baked, full of raisins and sultanas. Often
people will take food like the eggs and bread to be
blessed by a priest on Easter night.
Everybody gets two days off work for May Day on 1st
May. This political holiday represents the
solidarity of workers and very often red flags are flown
on the many buildings.
Eight days later on 9th May is Victory Day.
There is always a military parade involving all the
people who took part in World War
All the old uniforms are worn with the original medals.
Their family and friends give these old soldiers flowers
Nowadays one of the main holidays of Ukraine is the
Independence Day, celebrated on the 24th of
August. On this day in 1991 the “Act of Independence of
Ukraine” was proclaimed.
And in the end of year we celebrate the most popular
holiday – New Year. On the New Year night people go to
dance, visit their friends, or stay at home because this
is a family holiday.