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Ukrainian Unity Day in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Unity Day marks the anniversary of the unification of eastern and western Ukraine in 1919. It is celebrated on January 22 every year.

Is Ukrainian Unity Day a Public Holiday?

Ukrainian Unity Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Concerts are part of the Unity Day celebrations in Ukraine.

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What Do People Do?

Unity Day activities include:

  • People carrying national flags creating a human chain across bridges to symbolize national unity.
  • Concerts to celebrate Unity Day.
  • Political protests or demonstrations.

Some people lay flowers on or near monuments dedicated to famous Ukrainian political activists who fought for the country’s unity and independence.

Public Life

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

Background

The story behind Unity Day dates back to January 22, 1919, when eastern and western Ukraine was united through the “Treaty of Unity”. Historically, up until 1919, these halves – Ukraine's People Republic and West Ukrainian People Republic – often belonged to different empires.

Symbols

Many Ukrainians show their country’s flag to celebrate Unity Day. It is a banner of 2 equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow.

Ukrainian Unity Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2016FriJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2017SunJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2018MonJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2019TueJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2020WedJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2021FriJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2022SatJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2023SunJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2024MonJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance
2025WedJan 22Ukrainian Unity DayObservance

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