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Holidays in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus

The public and religious holidays in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus more or less are the same though there are some slight differences. These holidays as a rule are official days off, when a public or religious holiday falls on a weekend (e.g. Saturday or Sunday), the following working day turns into an official day off too.

If the holidays are following each other but there is a gap of one or two working days between them, usually they are moving onto a certain Saturday after these holidays. This way allows to have an uninterrupted vacations same time compensating missed working days by the work on the weekend.

Fixed Holidays in Ukraine

  • Jan 1    New Year’s Day
  • Jan 7    Christmas Day
  • Mar 8    International Women’s Day
  • May 1    Labor Day
  • May 9    Victory Day / Memorial Day
  • Jun 28  Constitution Day
  • Aug 24  Independence Day
  • Oct 14   Day of the defender of Ukraine
  • Dec 25  Catholic Christmas Day

Fixed Holidays in Russia

  • Jan 1   New Year’s Day
  • Jan 2   New Year’s Day holiday
  • Jan 7   Christmas Day
  • Feb 23  Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • Mar 8   International Women’s Day
  • May 1   Labor Day
  • May 9   Victory Day
  • Jun 12   Russia Day
  • Nov 4   Unity Day

Fixed Holidays in Belarus

  • Jan 1      New Year’s Day
  • Jan 2      New Year’s Day holiday
  • Jan 7      Christmas Day
  • Mar 8     International Women’s Day
  • May 1     Labor Day
  • May 9     Victory Day
  • Jul 3       Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus
  • Nov 7     October Revolution Day
  • Dec 24   Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25   Catholic Christmas Day

Movable Holidays in Ukraine, Russia:

  • Apr 28 (2019)     Orthodox Easter (Always Sunday)
  • Apr 29 (2019)     Orthodox Easter holiday – the day after Orthodox Easter Day
  • Jun 9 (2019)      Orthodox Pentecost (Always Sunday)
  • Jun 10 (2019)     Orthodox Pentecost holiday – the day after Orthodox Pentecost

Movable Holidays in Belarus:

  • May 7 (2019)       Commemoration day
  • Apr 28 (2019)     Orthodox Easter (Always Sunday)
  • Apr 29 (2019)     Orthodox Easter holiday – the day after Orthodox Easter Day
  • Apr 21 (2019)      Catholic Easter (Always Sunday)
  • Apr 22 (2019)     Catholic Easter holiday – the day after Orthodox Easter Day