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New Year's Day in Ukraine

New Year’s Day is a national public holiday in the Ukraine on January 1 each year. It marks the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

Fireworks are lit to celebrate the New Year.
Fireworks are lit to celebrate the New Year.
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What Do People Do?

New Year’s Day in the Ukraine is celebrated in a similar way that Christmas is celebrated in many countries. For starters, it is a time when many Ukrainians decorate their Christmas tree and buy presents to give to one another. Children in the Ukraine receive gifts from Ded Moroz, which is a similar character to the modern day Santa Claus. Many people prepare dinners and arrange parties to celebrate the New Year.

Traditionally, prior to midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, a presidential speech is broadcast nationally. As Ukraine approaches the New Year, many people raise a toast to drink to the New Year and as they enter the New Year, they congratulate each other. Fireworks are also lit to celebrate January 1.

Public Life

New Year’s Day is a national holiday in the Ukraine so schools, banks and public offices are closed. If a holiday falls on a weekend, the Monday after the weekend is a day off for many people. Taxis and public transport options are generally available but it is best to check with the relevant transport authorities on schedules and ticket availability.

Background

New Year’s Day on January 1 marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated in many countries worldwide including the Ukraine.

Symbols

Ded Moroz (also spelled as Did Moroz) is known as Father Frost, the Ukrainian and Russian version of Santa Claus. He is characterized in cartoons, images, and in theatrical plays.  His coat is long and embroidered with silver stars and crosses. He wears a red hat embroidered with pearls, as well as mittens, a belt, boots, and a staff made of silver or crystal. He was traditionally a symbol of winter, and is often accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka.

About New Year's Day in other countries

Read more about New Year's Day.

New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriJan 12010New Year's DayNational holiday
SatJan 12011New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 32011New Year's Day observedNational holiday
SunJan 12012New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 22012New Year's Day observedNational holiday
TueJan 12013New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12014New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 12015New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 12016New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12017New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 22017New Year's Day observedNational holiday
MonJan 12018New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12019New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12020New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day is annually celebrated as a day off work in the Ukraine on January 1, marking the start of the New Year.

New Year's Day 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017 – Observed date

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Новый ГодRussian
Новий рікUkrainian
New Year's DayEnglish
NeujahrstagGerman
NyttårNorwegian

Alternative name

Nyttårsdagen

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2017 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on January 1, 2017

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