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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.

Is Tatiana Day a Public Holiday?

Tatiana Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, January 25, 2020 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in Ukraine.

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

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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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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

Tatiana Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SunJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
2016MonJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
2017WedJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
2018ThuJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
2019FriJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
2020SatJan 25Tatiana DayObservance
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2025SatJan 25Tatiana DayObservance

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