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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.

Is Victory Day / Memorial Day a Public Holiday?

Victory Day / Memorial Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2015MonMay 11Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday
2016MonMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2017TueMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2018WedMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2019ThuMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2020SatMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2020MonMay 11Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday
2021SunMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2021MonMay 10Victory Day / Memorial Day observedNational holiday
2022MonMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2023TueMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2024ThuMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday
2025FriMay 9Victory Day / Memorial DayNational holiday

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