Ukraine is literally ‘a land on the edge,’ a swath of Eastern Europe that borders on Central Asia, although the country’s character is more Slavic than Asian or European. Sitting on the border of the Black Sea, Ukraine has had a violent history that propelled the country to its great leap backwards until the Iron Curtain fell in 1991 and USSR dissolved into independent Soviet states. Nonetheless, it is a country that is generously splashed with color despite the economic slowdown that had hit it in the past. There are very few holidays in the Ukraine calendar 2013, as the country itself slowly heals from its battle scars and moves forward, albeit gradually.
New Year’s Day – Even though the Ukrainians follow the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar), they still observe some festivities associated with the Gregorian standard. Their ‘Ded Moroz’ or Santa Claus wears blue instead of the Western’s Christmas red.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Orthodox Christmas – Because the Orthodox religions follow the Julian calendar, their calculation of the coming of the Christ Child falls on January 7. Instead of the usual festivities seen in Western-influenced countries, Orthodox Christians have their own version of the ‘Holy Supper’ on the eve of the Christmas night.
Monday, 7 January 2013
International Women’s Day – Not all calendars consider this a red day event, but International Women’s Day is a public holiday in the Ukraine calendar 2013. This day celebrates the contribution of women in all areas of advancement, and in Ukraine, women are publicly honored on this day.
Friday, 8 March 2013
Cheesefare Week – The Orthodox version of the Western Carnival, Maslenitsa starts on a Monday instead of Ash Wednesday. In Easter Slavic folklore, Cheesefare Week corresponds to the end of the cold season.
Monday to Sunday, 11 to 17 March 2013
Labor Day – In Ukraine, Labor Day is considered the beginning of spring, apart from the day when laborers and workers are honored for their political and economic contribution to the country.
Wednesday to Thursday, 1 to 2 May 2013
Orthodox Easter – Much like the Easter in the west, Orthodox Easter centers around ‘pysanky’ – uncooked eggs that are colorfully bedecked and placed in a basket. Feasting follows after the basket is blessed following a period of Lent.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Victory Day – Otherwise known among Ukrainians as Memorial Day in the Lviv Oblast, this day memorializes the defeat of Germany in World War II. Slavic countries were especially hurt in the blitzkrieg of WWII, and the triumph of the Allies signaled the end of atrocities in Ukraine.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Constitution Day – It was years after the Iron Curtain fell before Ukraine became an independent Russian state. On this day, Ukraine’s constitution, a symbol of its post-Soviet status, was ratified.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Independence Day – This day in Ukraine calendar 2013 marks the day when the country’s parliament adopted the Declaration of Independence from Soviet Russia.
Monday, 26 August 2013
Have a Happy Ukraine Holidays in 2013. .!!