Europe Day in Ukraine
Europe Day is an observance in Ukraine on the third weekend in May to celebrate and honor its unity with other European countries.
What do people do?
Europe Day is often observed over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday – on the third weekend in May. It is a time for many Ukrainians to celebrate their unity with the rest of Europe. Many cultural activities are held in different cities across Ukraine during the Europe Day weekend. Festivities include food events featuring different types of European food, as well as concerts showcasing musicians from across Europe.
Europe Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.
Europe Day is a day to celebrate unity and peace in Europe. There are 2 separate Europe Days in general: one to remember the Council of Europe’s establishment, which took place on May 5, 1949; and one to commemorate the Schuman Declaration of May 9, 1950, which proposed a new organization of states in Europe, a predecessor of the European Union (EU). In Ukraine, Europe Day is celebrated during the third weekend every May. The Ukrainian president established this day by decree in 1993.
Flags of different European countries, including Ukraine, are often displayed together as a symbol of unity at various Europe Day events.
Europe Day Observances
|Sat||May 15||2010||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 21||2011||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 19||2012||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 18||2013||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 17||2014||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 16||2015||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 21||2016||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 20||2017||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 19||2018||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 18||2019||Europe Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 16||2020||Europe Day||Observance|
Quick FactsEurope Day is observed in Ukraine on the third weekend in May.
Europe Day 2015Saturday, May 16, 2015
Europe Day 2016Saturday, May 21, 2016
Name in other languages
Other holidays in May 2016 in Ukraine
- Orthodox Easter Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Day holiday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Labor Day Holiday – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Victory Day / Memorial Day – Monday, May 9, 2016
- Cultural Workers and Folk Artists Day – Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Kiev Day – Sunday, May 29, 2016