Ukrainian Unity Day in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Unity Day marks the anniversary of the unification of eastern and western Ukraine in 1919. It is celebrated on January 22 every year.
What Do People Do?
Unity Day activities include:
- People carrying national flags creating a human chain across bridges to symbolize national unity.
- Concerts to celebrate Unity Day.
- Political protests or demonstrations.
Some people lay flowers on or near monuments dedicated to famous Ukrainian political activists who fought for the country’s unity and independence.
Unity Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.
The story behind Unity Day dates back to January 22, 1919, when eastern and western Ukraine was united through the “Treaty of Unity”. Historically, up until 1919, these halves – Ukraine's People Republic and West Ukrainian People Republic – often belonged to different empires.
Many Ukrainians show their country’s flag to celebrate Unity Day. It is a banner of 2 equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow.
Ukrainian Unity Day Observances
|Fri||Jan 22||2010||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Sat||Jan 22||2011||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jan 22||2012||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Tue||Jan 22||2013||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Wed||Jan 22||2014||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Thu||Jan 22||2015||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Fri||Jan 22||2016||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Sun||Jan 22||2017||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Mon||Jan 22||2018||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Tue||Jan 22||2019||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
|Wed||Jan 22||2020||Ukrainian Unity Day||Observance|
Quick FactsUnity Day is a Ukrainian observance that commemorates the Treaty of Unity signed on January 22, 1919.
Ukrainian Unity Day 2016Friday, January 22, 2016
Ukrainian Unity Day 2017Sunday, January 22, 2017
Name in other languages
|День украинской единства (День Соборности||Russian|
|День Української єдності (День Соборності)||Ukrainian|
|Ukrainian Unity Day||English|
|Tag der Einheit||German|
Alternative nameDen Sobornosti
Other holidays in January 2016 in Ukraine
- New Year's Day – Friday, January 1, 2016
- Christmas Day – Thursday, January 7, 2016
- Christmas Day holiday – Friday, January 8, 2016
- Orthodox New Year – Thursday, January 14, 2016
- Special Working Day – Saturday, January 16, 2016
- Tatiana Day – Monday, January 25, 2016