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New Year's Day

New Year’s Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Every New Year in Ukraine is observed with widespread parties and countdowns to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and a public holiday on 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In Ukraine, Christmas is kept according to the older Julian Calendar, and yet, 1 January is now celebrated as New Year’s Day in accord with the Gregorian Calendar.

That’s why Father Frost, or “Ded Moroz”, makes an appearance on 1 January to give gifts to children instead of on 25 December. Ded Moroz is basically the Eastern European version of Old Saint Nick, and New Year’s Day is much akin to an extra Christmas Day.

On New Year’s Eve, the president of Ukraine will give a speech that is listened to all over the nation. And at the stroke of midnight, toasts are raised, everyone greets each other, and fireworks shoot up into the sky.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day
31 DecMonNew Year Holiday
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday