Home > Calendar > Holidays > Ukraine > Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day in Ukraine

Quick Facts

Many Ukrainians celebrate Valentine’s Day as a romantic day on February 14.

Local names

NameLanguage
День Святого ВалентинаRussian
День Святого ВалентинаUkrainian
Valentine's DayEnglish
ValentinstagGerman

Valentine's Day 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015
List of dates for other years

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including in Ukraine, on February 14. It is viewed as a romantic day and a time when people show feelings of love, affection, and appreciation to their loved ones.

Valentine's Day

Many couples in Ukraine celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14.

©iStockphoto.com/g_studio

What do people do?

Valentine’s Day is viewed as a romantic day for many people. Some people take their partners out for a special Valentine’s Day meal. It is also common practice to buy flowers, chocolates, cards, jewelry, and other gifts to express feelings of affection.

Public life

Valentine’s Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine. It is a busy time for many shops that sell flowers, chocolates and other Valentine’s Day related products. Some restaurants are fully booked on this day.

Background

Valentine’s Day can be traced back to a story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February. It is believed that part of a relic belonging to St Valentine was in Ukraine during the 1900s and is now kept in a church in Sambir, western Ukraine.

Symbols

Hearts, cupids’ arrows, and flowers – which symbolize love and romance – are often displayed in shops and public places during Valentine’s Day in Ukraine.

About Valentine's Day in other countries

Read more about Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedFeb 141990Valentine's DayObservance
ThuFeb 141991Valentine's DayObservance
FriFeb 141992Valentine's DayObservance
SunFeb 141993Valentine's DayObservance
MonFeb 141994Valentine's DayObservance
TueFeb 141995Valentine's DayObservance
WedFeb 141996Valentine's DayObservance
FriFeb 141997Valentine's DayObservance
SatFeb 141998Valentine's DayObservance
SunFeb 141999Valentine's DayObservance
MonFeb 142000Valentine's DayObservance
WedFeb 142001Valentine's DayObservance
ThuFeb 142002Valentine's DayObservance
FriFeb 142003Valentine's DayObservance
SatFeb 142004Valentine's DayObservance
MonFeb 142005Valentine's DayObservance
TueFeb 142006Valentine's DayObservance
WedFeb 142007Valentine's DayObservance
ThuFeb 142008Valentine's DayObservance
SatFeb 142009Valentine's DayObservance
SunFeb 142010Valentine's DayObservance
MonFeb 142011Valentine's DayObservance
TueFeb 142012Valentine's DayObservance
ThuFeb 142013Valentine's DayObservance
FriFeb 142014Valentine's DayObservance
SatFeb 142015Valentine's DayObservance
SunFeb 142016Valentine's DayObservance
TueFeb 142017Valentine's DayObservance
WedFeb 142018Valentine's DayObservance
ThuFeb 142019Valentine's DayObservance
FriFeb 142020Valentine's DayObservance

Other holidays in February 2014 in Ukraine

Advertising

Other calendars

Related links