Constitution Day 2018 and 2019
The official Constitution of the Ukraine was adopted on 28 June 1996. Each year the country celebrates this date as a national holiday. In 2018, the holiday falls on a Thursday.
|2018||28 Jun||Thu||Constitution Day|
|29 Jun||Fri||Constitution Day Holiday|
|2019||28 Jun||Fri||Constitution Day|
The Constitution came into effect almost five years after Ukraine declared its independence from Russia. It is on this day that most Ukrainians believe that their country truly became independent. It took over 24 straight hours of negotiations to pass the final document and establish a constitution for the country.
Since its inception, the constitution has been amended a few times, but in 2014, the government opted to reset the constitution back to the version created in 2004. It uses and enforces this version today.
The Constitution of the Ukraine recently reached its twentieth anniversary. Since this is a very new celebration, there are not many traditions that are associated with its celebration. However, over these few years some traditions have begun to develop.
Most cities hold parades on Constitution Day. The capital of the Ukraine holds the largest parades that are attended by the Heads of State. There are traditional performances, bands, and many different floats representing the diverse culture of Ukraine. These parades are often followed by large fireworks displays in the evening.
The national Anthem, or what is often called the Hymn of the Ukraine, is played on the radios and television throughout the day and the people often break out singing this hymn during the parades or their celebrations.