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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.

Ukraine's Europe Day celebrates unity between Ukrainians and other cultures across Europe.
Ukraine's Europe Day celebrates unity between Ukrainians and other cultures across Europe.

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.

Public Life

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMay 152010Europe DayObservance
SatMay 212011Europe DayObservance
SatMay 192012Europe DayObservance
SatMay 182013Europe DayObservance
SatMay 172014Europe DayObservance
SatMay 162015Europe DayObservance
SatMay 212016Europe DayObservance
SatMay 202017Europe DayObservance
SatMay 192018Europe DayObservance
SatMay 182019Europe DayObservance
SatMay 162020Europe DayObservance

Quick Facts

Europe Day is observed in Ukraine on the third weekend in May.

Europe Day 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Europe Day 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Name in other languages

день ЕвропыRussian
День ЄвропиUkrainian
Europe DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Ukraine

United Nation Holiday on May 21, 2016

Fun Holiday on May 21, 2016

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