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 independence (Independence Day and Constitution Day).
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 or the weekend, the Ukrainian government often issues a recommendation that businesses give workers an extended holiday. They make up for the lost time by working weekends.
For example in November 2016 the government issued a resolution recommending that workers should be given a 4-day breaks around Victory Day (May 6 – 9 2017) and Independence Day (August 24 – 27 2017).
Workers should make up for the workdays lost by working on Saturdays (May 13 2017 and August 19 2017).
Ukrainian Public Holidays 2017
The table below shows all public holidays in Ukraine for 2017.
|New Year's Day||Sunday, January 1 2017||Most people will get a day off on Monday, January 2.|
|Orthodox Christmas||Saturday, January 7 2017||Most people will get a day off on Monday, January 9.|
|Women’s Day||Wednesday, March 8 2017|
|Orthodox Easter||Sunday, April 16 2017||Most people will get a day off on Monday, April 17.|
|Labour Days||Monday May 1 2017, Tuesday May 2 2017|
|Victory Day||Tuesday, May 9 2017||Most workers will enjoy a 4-day break from May 6 to 9. They will work an extra day on Saturday 13 May.|
|Holy Trinity||Sunday, June 4 2017||Most people will get a day off on Monday, June 5.|
|Constitution Day||Wednesday, June 28 2017|
|Independence Day||Thursday, August 24 2017||Most workers will enjoy a 4-day break from August 24 to 27. They will work an extra day on Saturday, August 19.|
|Defenders’ Day||Saturday, October 14 2017||Most people will get a day off on Monday, October 16.|