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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

In Ukraine, public holidays are referred to as national holidays. Many national holidays and regional observances are based on strong Orthodox religious and cultural traditions. Ukraine officially observes at least nine religious holidays per year. Workers are generally allowed up to three days for non-Orthodox holidays.

The majority of national holidays last two days. Ukraine observes New Year’s Day; Christmas Day; International Women’s Day; Orthodox Easter; Labor Day; Victory Day; Orthodox Pentecost; Constitution Day and the Baptism of Kylvan Rus. Many workers are allowed additional days off for local and territorial observances. Additional days off in honor of Orthodox and cultural observances are at the discretion of the employer, according to terms set forth in an employment contract or union bargaining agreement. If a national holiday falls on a weekend, the following Monday is officially observed as a holiday. In the event a national holiday falls on a worker’s scheduled day off, he or she may choose to take an additional day off following the holiday.

Labour Laws in Ukraine

All workers employed in Ukraine are required to enter into a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract before beginning work. Contracts generally set forth terms of employment, wages, benefits and entitlement to annual leave and holidays. As many workers are employed in the information technology and transportation production industries, union agreements contain different provisions pertaining to holidays and annual leave.

According to Ukrainian labour laws, workers are not permitted to work more than 40 hours per week based on a five-day work week. All workers are entitled to two consecutive days off as a rest period after working a normal five-day week. The weekly rest period is usually taken on a weekend. Overtime work is not permitted except in cases of necessity on the part of an employer. Regardless of circumstances, workers are strictly prohibited from working more than four hours over a consecutive two-day period or a total of 120 hours per year. Provisions for overtime compensation is not mandated by Ukrainian labour laws, but are established in respective employment contracts or union bargaining agreements. Overtime compensation usually includes an extra day off or payment in an amount equal to twice the normal wages, known as double time.

Ukrainian labour laws entitle all workers to at least 24 days of paid annual leave per working year. Workers under the age of 18 are allowed annual leave of at least 31 days. In addition to annual leave, all workers are entitled to 10 paid national holidays and three additional paid days following a religious holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas
9 JanMonOrthodox Christmas
8 MarWedWomen's Day
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
2 MayTueLabour Day Holiday
8 MayMonVictory Day Holiday
(workday moved to 13 May Sat)
9 MayTueVictory Day
4 JunSunOrthodox Pentecost
5 JunMonOrthodox Pentecost Monday
28 JunWedConstitution Day
24 AugThuIndependence Day
25 AugFriIndependence Day Holiday
(workday moved to 19 Aug Sat)
14 OctSatDefender's Day
16 OctMonDefender's Day Holiday