Ukrainian Holidays

When should one give gifts in Ukraine?

Ukrainian holidaysWhile gifts can be given at any time and for any reason, there are certain days when they are somewhat expected from people who one is close to.
New Year’s Eve: This is one of the most important celebrations in Ukraine and it has taken on an added significance in the past century because during Communist times, Ukrainians were only allowed to celebrate the 31st of December and not Christmas. Gift and flower-giving are deeply associated with this holiday.

Birthdays: In Ukraine birthdays can be a big affair and can even last for several days. People are known to go out of their town or city with friends and have big parties with lots of presents and champagne.

Women’s Day: A Public Holiday and a very important day in the Ukrainian calendar. On this day, women just relax at home and the men present them with different gifts and look after them. Forget about giving a gift to the woman in your life on this day and you will probably find yourself in an unrecoverable situation.

Valentine’s Day: Due to TV and the internet this holiday has gained quite a lot of popularity over the past ten years or so. As a result, Ukrainian women do now expect romantic gestures on this day and it is celebrated almost identically as in the West.

 

Major National Holidays in Ukraine

Jan 1 New Year’s Day

Jan 7 Christmas Day
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year

Jan 22 Ukrainian Unity Day

Jan 25 Tatiana Day

 

Feb 14 Valentine’s Day

Feb 23 Men’s Day

Mar 8 International Women’s Day

 

Mar 20 March equinox
Apr 1 April Fools

Apr 20 Orthodox Easter Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 9 Victory Day / Memorial Day

May 11 Mother’s Day

May 17 Europe Day

May 25 Kiev Day

May 25 Cultural Workers and Folk Artists Day
Observance
Jun 8 Orthodox Pentecost
Jun 21 June Solstice

Jun 28 Constitution Day
Jul 7 Kupala Night

Jul 8 Family Day

Jul 27 Navy Day

Aug 24 Independence Day
Sep 23 September equinox

Oct 5 Teacher’s Day
Dec 6 Army Day

Dec 21 December Solstice

Name Days

 

Ulyana – Jan 3

Anastasia – Jan 4

Evgenia – Jan 6
Klavdia – Jan 6
Lidia – Jan 19
Maria – Jan 19
Tatyana – Jan 25, celebrated like Students’ Day, very popular among students
Nina -Jan 27
Ksenia -Jan 31

 

Inna – Feb 2
Anastasia – Feb 4
Ksenia – Feb 6
Maria – Feb 8
Anna – Feb 16
Maria – Feb 19
Valentina, Anna – Feb 23

 
Marina, Kira – March 12
Antonina – March 14
Galina – March 23
Maria – March 31

 

Svetlana – Apr 2
Larissa – Apr 7
Alla, Anna – Apr 8
Maria – Apr 14
Tamara – Apr 28
Irina – Apr 29

 

Tamara – May 2
Alexandra – May 6
Elizaveta – May 7
Irina – May 14
Varvara – May 19
Alexandra, Julia, Faina – May 31

 

Julia – June 16
Valeria, Maria – Jun 20
Maria June 22
Alexandra, Antonina – June 23

 

Angelina – July 14
Anna – July 18
Olga, Elena – July 24
Valentina, Alevtina – July 29
Marina, Margarita – July 30

 

Maria – Aug 4
Darya -Aug 17

 

Natalia – Sep 8
Elizaveta, Raisa – Sep 18
Ludmila – Sep 29
Vera, Nadezhda, Lubov – Sep 30

 

Veronica – Oct 17
Taisia – Oct 21
Zinaida – Oct 29

 

Anastasia – Nov 11
Alexander – Nov 19

 

Ekaterina – Dec 7
Varvara – Dec 17
Anna – Dec 22
Angelina – Dec 23
Marina – Dec 29