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Orthodox New Year in Ukraine

While New Year’s Day is a public holiday on January 1, many Ukrainians still celebrate the "Old New Year", or Orthodox New Year, which is on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Is Orthodox New Year a Public Holiday?

Orthodox New Year is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Smiling family sledging in the snow.

Many Ukrainian families celebrate the Old New Year with fun outdoor activities.

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What Do People Do?

The Old Calendar New Year is part of the festive Christmas week celebrations that occur from January 7-14.  Events that occur around the time of the Old New Year include:

  • Music and cultural festivals.
  • Organized sleigh rides for both children and adults.
  • Theatrical performances featuring popular Christmas week themes.

Right up until January 14, some families visit homes and greet people with New Year wishes. The Old New Year falls in the winter in Ukraine so many families celebrate the week with fun outdoor activities suited for the cold climate.

Public Life

The Orthodox New Year is an observance and not an official public holiday in Ukraine.

Background

The Orthodox New Year, also known as the Old New Year, is marked as January 1 in the Julian calendar, which preceded the now more commonly used Gregorian calendar. Many Orthodox Christian churches still recognize the holiday dates according to the Julian calendar, including New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day in the Julian calendar falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

About Orthodox New Year in other countries

Read more about Orthodox New Year.

Orthodox New Year Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2016ThuJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2017SatJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2018SunJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2019MonJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2020TueJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2021ThuJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2022FriJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2023SatJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2024SunJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox
2025TueJan 14Orthodox New YearObservance, Orthodox

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