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Victory Day / Memorial Day in Ukraine

Victory Day is a national holiday in Ukraine on May 9. It is a day to remember victory over the Nazi regime during World War II.

A girl lays flowers near the tomb of unknown soldier during Victory Day in Kiev, Ukraine.
A girl lays flowers near the tomb of unknown soldier during celebration of Victory Day in Kiev, Ukraine.
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What Do People Do?

Victory Day in Ukraine is an eventful public holiday often consisting of:

  • Official greetings to war veterans.
  • A public display of Ukraine’s armed forces.
  • Presidential speeches.
  • Concerts featuring Ukrainian pop stars singing popular wartime songs.
  • Evening firework displays.

Victory Day also includes a moment of silence to honor war victims, as well as people laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kiev (Kyiv).

Public Life

Victory Day is a national public holiday in Ukraine so many businesses, as well as government offices and educational institutions, are closed.

Background

Victory Day in Ukraine is a time to commemorate the triumph of the former Soviet Union (which Ukraine was once a part of) over the Nazi rule during World War II. Many soldiers sacrificed their lives for this victory and are remembered on this day.

Victory Day / Memorial Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunMay 92010Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
MonMay 102010Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday
MonMay 92011Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
WedMay 92012Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
ThuMay 92013Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
FriMay 92014Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
SatMay 92015Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
MonMay 112015Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday
MonMay 92016Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
TueMay 92017Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
WedMay 92018Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
ThuMay 92019Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
SatMay 92020Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
MonMay 112020Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday

Quick Facts

Victory Day in Ukraine is celebrated as a public holiday on May 9 to commemorate the defeat of the Nazis in the Second World War.

Victory Day / Memorial Day 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Victory Day / Memorial Day 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
День ПеремогиUkrainian
День ПобедыRussian
Victory Day / Memorial DayEnglish
Tag des SiegesGerman
SeiersdagenNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2017 in Ukraine

Fun Holidays on May 9, 2017

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