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Victory 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.

Is Victory Day a Public Holiday?

Due to martial law in Ukraine, all national holidays have been suspended until further notice. While this holiday might be privately observed, government offices will remain open on this day.

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 Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017TueMay 9Victory DayNational holiday
2018WedMay 9Victory DayNational holiday
2019ThuMay 9Victory DayNational holiday
2020SatMay 9Victory DayNational holiday
2020MonMay 11Day off for Victory DayNational holiday
2021SunMay 9Victory DayNational holiday
2021MonMay 10Day off for Victory DayNational holiday
2022MonMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2023TueMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2024ThuMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2025FriMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2026SatMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2026MonMay 11Victory Day (Suspended) observedSuspended National Holiday
2027SunMay 9Victory Day (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2027MonMay 10Victory Day (Suspended) observedSuspended National Holiday

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