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Europe Day in Ukraine

Europe Day is an observance in Ukraine on the third weekend in May to celebrate and honor its unity with other European countries.

Is Europe Day a Public Holiday?

Europe Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Europe Day celebrates unity between Ukrainians and other cultures across Europe.

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What Do People Do?

Europe Day is often observed over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday – on the third weekend in May. It is a time for many Ukrainians to celebrate their unity with the rest of Europe. Many cultural activities are held in different cities across Ukraine during the Europe Day weekend. Festivities include food events featuring different types of European food, as well as concerts showcasing musicians from across Europe.

Public Life

Europe Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.

Background

Europe Day is a day to celebrate unity and peace in Europe. There are 2 separate Europe Days in general: one to remember the Council of Europe’s establishment, which took place on May 5, 1949; and one to commemorate the Schuman Declaration of May 9, 1950, which proposed a new organization of states in Europe, a predecessor of the European Union (EU). In Ukraine, Europe Day is celebrated during the third weekend every May. The Ukrainian president established this day by decree in 1993.

Symbols

Flags of different European countries, including Ukraine, are often displayed together as a symbol of unity at various Europe Day events.

Europe Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatMay 16Europe DayObservance
2016SatMay 21Europe DayObservance
2017SatMay 20Europe DayObservance
2018SatMay 19Europe DayObservance
2019SatMay 18Europe DayObservance
2020SatMay 16Europe DayObservance
2021SatMay 15Europe DayObservance
2022SatMay 21Europe DayObservance
2023SatMay 20Europe DayObservance
2024SatMay 18Europe DayObservance
2025SatMay 17Europe DayObservance

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