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 2014 the government issued a resolution recommending that workers should be given a 4-day break over the New Year period (1 – 4 January 2015) and a 5-day break over Orthodox Christmas (7 – 11 January 2015).
Workers should make up for the workdays lost on January 2 (Friday), January 8 (Thursday), and January 9 (Friday), by working on Saturdays (17 January, 31 January, and 14 February).
Ukrainian Public Holidays 2015
The table below shows all public holidays in Ukraine for 2015.
|New Year's Day||Thursday, January 1 2015||Most workers will enjoy extended breaks over New Year and Christmas. They make up the time by working Saturdays in January and February.|
|Orthodox Christmas||Wednesday, January 7 2015|
|Women’s Day||Sunday, March 8 2015||Falls on a Sunday in 2015 so most workers will have a day off on Monday, March 9.|
|Orthodox Easter||Sunday, April 12 2015||Most people get a day off on Monday, April 13.|
|Labour Days||Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2 2015||Most workers will get a day off on Monday, May 4.|
|Victory Day||Saturday, May 9 2015||Most workers will get a day off on Monday, May 11.|
|Holy Trinity||Sunday, May 31 2015||Monday, June 1 is a day off for most workers.|
|Constitution Day||Sunday, June 28 2015||Since Constitution Day falls on a Sunday in 2015, most will get a day off on Monday, June 29.|
|Independence Day||Monday, August 24 2015|