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Tatiana Day in Ukraine

Saint Tatyana Day, or St Tatiana Day, is observed across Ukraine on January 25 each year. It is also known as Students’ Day.

A church dedicated to St Tatiana
A church dedicated to St Tatiana, a Christian martyr who was beheaded in Rome in the 3rd century.

What Do People Do?

Many students and churches in Ukraine celebrate Tatiana Day. Some clubs and groups at universities and other educational institutions hold events such as balls, dinners, and coffee mornings.

Public Life

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


Tatiana Day dates back to the beheading of St Tatiana, a Christian martyr who lived in Rome in the 3rd century. Her name day in the church calendar is on January 12. Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine celebrate Tatiana Day according to the Julian calendar, which differs from the more commonly used Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar date of St Tatiana’s Day falls on January 25 in the Gregorian calendar.

The Students’ Day concept originated from when Russian empress Elizabeth Petrovna signed a decree establishing Moscow State University on January 25, 1755. This event coincided with St Tatiana’s day. A church dedicated to the saint was later built at the university. The holiday has expanded beyond Moscow State University and is celebrated in many places that were part of the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine. Many people also celebrate Students’ Day on November 17, as it marks the day when the World Congress of Students established International Students’ Day in 1946.


Images that represent the likeness of St Tatiana are seen in churches and other places in Ukraine on Tatiana Day.

Tatiana Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonJan 252010Tatiana DayObservance
TueJan 252011Tatiana DayObservance
WedJan 252012Tatiana DayObservance
FriJan 252013Tatiana DayObservance
SatJan 252014Tatiana DayObservance
SunJan 252015Tatiana DayObservance
MonJan 252016Tatiana DayObservance
WedJan 252017Tatiana DayObservance
ThuJan 252018Tatiana DayObservance
FriJan 252019Tatiana DayObservance
SatJan 252020Tatiana DayObservance

Quick Facts

Tatiana Day, or Tatyana Day, is a Ukrainian observance named after a Christian martyr as well as the date a decree was signed to establish a university in Moscow, Russia.

Tatiana Day 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tatiana Day 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Name in other languages

Тетянин деньUkrainian
Татьянин деньRussian
Tatiana DayEnglish

Alternative names

День студентаUkrainian
день студентаRussian
Students DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2018 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on January 25, 2018

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