Tatiana Day in Ukraine
Saint Tatyana Day, or St Tatiana Day, is observed across Ukraine on January 25 each year. It is also known as Students’ Day.
What Do People Do?
Many students and churches in Ukraine celebrate Tatiana Day. Some clubs and groups at universities and other educational institutions hold events such as balls, dinners, and coffee mornings.
Tatiana Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.
Tatiana Day dates back to the beheading of St Tatiana, a Christian martyr who lived in Rome in the 3rd century. Her name day in the church calendar is on January 12. Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine celebrate Tatiana Day according to the Julian calendar, which differs from the more commonly used Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar date of St Tatiana’s Day falls on January 25 in the Gregorian calendar.
The Students’ Day concept originated from when Russian empress Elizabeth Petrovna signed a decree establishing Moscow State University on January 25, 1755. This event coincided with St Tatiana’s day. A church dedicated to the saint was later built at the university. The holiday has expanded beyond Moscow State University and is celebrated in many places that were part of the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine. Many people also celebrate Students’ Day on November 17, as it marks the day when the World Congress of Students established International Students’ Day in 1946.
Images that represent the likeness of St Tatiana are seen in churches and other places in Ukraine on Tatiana Day.
Tatiana Day Observances
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Quick FactsTatiana Day, or Tatyana Day, is a Ukrainian observance named after a Christian martyr as well as the date a decree was signed to establish a university in Moscow, Russia.
Tatiana Day 2016Monday, January 25, 2016
Tatiana Day 2017Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Other holidays in January 2017 in Ukraine
- New Year's Day – Sunday, January 1, 2017
- New Year's Day – Monday, January 2, 2017
- Christmas Day – Saturday, January 7, 2017
- Christmas Day holiday – Sunday, January 8, 2017
- Orthodox Christmas Day – Monday, January 9, 2017
- Orthodox New Year – Saturday, January 14, 2017
- Ukrainian Unity Day – Sunday, January 22, 2017