There are many holidays celebrated in Ukraine. They can be divided in three
groups: all-national, political and religious ones. Some of them have an ancient origin
and others appeared in Ukrainian calendars quite recently. All official holidays are
marked with red in Russian calendars and are days-off (excepting for our Service!)
Here is the list of main Ukrainian holidays
and some comments.
January 1. New
Year. This is everybody's favourite holiday. Decorating the
Christmas tree, going to New Year's parties, getting presents, — we love all this and
impatiently wait for New Year's eve to come. This is a nice chance to give your lady a
present and prove her that she is really very important to you.
Orthodox Christmas. A great deal of old
Ukrainian customs that go back to centuries ago are connected with Christmas. They are
fortune telling, singing Christmas carols, cooking traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes,
going to church.
St. Valentine's Day. The Day of lovers, when we give
presents and flowers to our sweethearts.
International Women's Day. This day is hugely popular among
women in Ukraine as they receive flowers and chocolates from the men they know. They
should not do any housework on this day. It is recommended to send flowers and some gifts
to all your Ukrainian ladies. It will be highly appreciated as it is considered to be a
sign of your attention (or lack of attention).