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Mother's Day in Ukraine

Many people in Ukraine show their love and appreciation for their mothers or mother-figures in Ukraine on Mother’s Day, which is on the second Sunday in May.

Is Mother's Day a Public Holiday?

Mother's Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 12, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Ukraine.

Mothers and mother figures are remembered on Mother's Day in Ukraine.

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What Do People Do?

Mother’s Day is an occasion to buy cards, flowers, chocolates, jewelry and other gifts for mothers or mother-type figures who have been role models in their lives. Some restaurants offer special Mother’s Day breakfasts, lunches or dinners. Mother’s Day is also celebrated on a wider scale around the world.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.

Background

Early Mother's Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources. The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women in the United States – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis – who organized Mother’s Day activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mother’s Day has grown into a global event celebrated in many countries including Ukraine.

Symbols

Flowers are a common way to symbolize love and appreciation for a mother or mother figure on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SunMay 9Mother's DayObservance
2011SunMay 8Mother's DayObservance
2012SunMay 13Mother's DayObservance
2013SunMay 12Mother's DayObservance
2014SunMay 11Mother's DayObservance
2015SunMay 10Mother's DayObservance
2016SunMay 8Mother's DayObservance
2017SunMay 14Mother's DayObservance
2018SunMay 13Mother's DayObservance
2019SunMay 12Mother's DayObservance
2020SunMay 10Mother's DayObservance

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