Many Ukrainians have a day off on Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine and falls on January 7, the Orthodox Christmas date.
Christmas for many Ukrainians is an important family holiday. When Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union, Christmas Day was not a public holiday but Christmas traditions were not forgotten. After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, Christmas Day was made a public holiday.
Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine observe the Christmas Day date from the Julian calendar, which is different from the more commonly used Gregorian calendar. So, while Christmas is still on December 25 in the Julian calendar, it appears on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, up until 2100. After that, the Gregorian date for Orthodox Christmas will be January 8 in 2101.
Other holidays in January 2018 in Ukraine
- New Year's Day – Monday, January 1, 2018
- Christmas Day holiday – Monday, January 8, 2018
- Orthodox New Year – Sunday, January 14, 2018
- Ukrainian Unity Day – Monday, January 22, 2018
- Tatiana Day – Thursday, January 25, 2018