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Men's Day in Ukraine

Many Ukrainians used to observe Men’s Day on February 23, until 2014, when the Ukranian president cancelled this day and moved a related celebration to October 14.

Is Men's Day a Public Holiday?

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

Family talking and smiling around the table

People attending social gatherings on Men's Day in Ukraine.

©iStockphoto.com/Andraz Gregoric

What Did People Do?

Men’s Day gave people the chance to show appreciation and affection for men in Ukraine by giving cards and gifts and aranging social gatherings, special dinners and lunches for men.

Links to Defender's Day

Men’s Day had some historical ties to Defender of the Fatherland Day, which also used to be celebrated on February 23. This day focused on the achievements of military forces and veterans in Russia and the former Soviet Union, which included Ukraine.

President Changed the Date

However, on October 14, 2014, Ukranian president Petro Poroshenko announced that the Day of Ukraine's Defenders from now on will be held on October 14. At the same time, he declared February 23 as Defenders of the Fatherland Day invalid.

Other Countries Continue

Men’s Day is still celebrated in several other countries, and Ukrainians still celebrate Women’s Day.

Men's Day Observances

Men's Day in Ukraine has not been observed since 2014.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2000WedFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2001FriFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2002SatFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2003SunFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2004MonFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2005WedFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2006ThuFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2007FriFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2008SatFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2009MonFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2010TueFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2011WedFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2012ThuFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2013SatFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday
2014SunFeb 23Men's DayNational holiday

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