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Orthodox New Year in Ukraine

While New Year’s Day is a public holiday on January 1, many Ukrainians still celebrate the "Old New Year", or Orthodox New Year, which is on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Many Ukrainian families celebrate the Old New Year with fun outdoor activities.
Many Ukrainian families celebrate the Old New Year with fun outdoor activities.
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What Do People Do?

The Old Calendar New Year is part of the festive Christmas week celebrations that occur from January 7-14.  Events that occur around the time of the Old New Year include:

  • Music and cultural festivals.
  • Organized sleigh rides for both children and adults.
  • Theatrical performances featuring popular Christmas week themes.

Right up until January 14, some families visit homes and greet people with New Year wishes. The Old New Year falls in the winter in Ukraine so many families celebrate the week with fun outdoor activities suited for the cold climate.

Public Life

The Orthodox New Year is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.


The Orthodox New Year, also known as the Old New Year, is marked as January 1 in the Julian calendar, which preceded the now more commonly used Gregorian calendar. Many Orthodox Christian churches still recognize the holiday dates according to the Julian calendar, including New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day in the Julian calendar falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

About Orthodox New Year in other countries

Read more about Orthodox New Year.

Orthodox New Year Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuJan 142010Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
FriJan 142011Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
SatJan 142012Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
MonJan 142013Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
TueJan 142014Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
WedJan 142015Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
ThuJan 142016Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
SatJan 142017Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
SunJan 142018Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
MonJan 142019Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
TueJan 142020Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox

Quick Facts

The Orthodox New Year, also known as the Old New Year, is observed on January 14 in Ukraine.

Orthodox New Year 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Orthodox New Year 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Name in other languages

православный новый годRussian
православний новий рікUkrainian
Orthodox New YearEnglish
Orthodoxes NeujahrGerman

Alternative name

Old New Year

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2017 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on January 14, 2017

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