Ukrainians enjoy a number of public holidays throughout the year. There are religious holidays such as Orthodox Christmas, Easter, and Holy Trinity plus those celebrating Ukraine’s relatively new independence (Independence Day and Constitution Day). Others, Labour Days and Victory Day, have their roots in Soviet times.
Where a public holiday falls on a weekend, workers generally enjoy a day off the following Monday.
When public holidays fall close to each other, the Ukrainian government often issues a recommendation that businesses give workers an extended holiday. They make up for the lost time by working subsequent weekends.
For example in November 2013 the government issued a resolution recommending that workers should be given a 7-day break over the Christmas and New Year period (January 1 to January 7 2014). Workers should make up for the workdays lost on January 2 (Thursday), January 3 (Friday), and January 6 (Monday), by working on Saturdays (11 January, 25 January, and 8 February).
Ukrainian Public Holidays 2014
|New Year's Day||Wednesday, January 1 2014||Most workers will enjoy a seven-day break between New Year and Christmas. They make up the time by working Saturdays in January and February.|
|Orthodox Christmas||Tuesday, January 7 2014|
|Women’s Day||Saturday, March 8 2014||Falls on a Saturday in 2014 so most workers will have a day off on Monday, March 10.|
|Orthodox Easter||Sunday, April 20 2014||Most people get a day off on Monday, April 21.|
|Labour Days||Thursday, May 1 – Friday, May 2 2014|
|Victory Day||Friday, May 9 2014|
|Holy Trinity||Sunday, June 8 2014||Monday, June 9 is a day off for most workers.|
|Constitution Day||Saturday, June 28 2014||Since Constitution Day falls on a Saturday in 2014, most will get a day off on Monday, June 30.|
|Independence Day||Sunday, August 24 2014||Independence Day 2014 falls on a Sunday. Most people will have a day off on Monday, August 25.|