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International Women's Day in Ukraine

International Women’s Day is an annual Ukrainian holiday held on March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women. International Women’s Day is also celebrated in other countries worldwide.

Is International Women's Day a Public Holiday?

International Women's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

One tradition in Ukraine on International Women's Day is to give flowers to female friends, loved ones or relatives.


What Do People Do?

There are a range of activities and events that take place on International Women’s Day in Ukraine. Conferences, presentations, and public gatherings are held to promote gender equality, equal opportunities, women’s rights, and other related issues. Many people buy flowers, confectionery and other gifts for female friends, partners or family members on International Women’s Day in Ukraine. Men's Day is also observed in Ukraine.

Public Life

International Women’s Day is a public holiday across Ukraine so many shops, museums, and libraries, as well as government offices and educational institutions are closed.


International Women’s Day focuses on protecting, promoting and celebrating women’s rights. It was a state holiday of the former Soviet Union since 1965. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Ukraine kept the holiday. International Women’s Day is also celebrated in other countries around the world.


Flowers, such as roses and tulips, are of often seen on display or sold in Ukraine International Women’s Day. They are given as gifts to honor women and also symbolize the start of spring.

International Women's Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010MonMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2011TueMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2012ThuMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2013FriMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2014SatMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2014MonMar 10International Women's Day observedNational holiday
2015SunMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2015MonMar 9International Women's Day observedNational holiday
2016TueMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2017WedMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2018ThuMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2019FriMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2020SunMar 8International Women's DayNational holiday
2020MonMar 9International Women's Day observedNational holiday

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