Dignity And Freedom Day
Dignity and Freedom Day is a national holiday that’s observed in Ukraine on the 21st of November each year. This holiday marks the anniversary of the 2013-2014 pro-European Union mass protest and was established by President Petro Poroshenko. This holiday combines two events that have recently taken place in Ukrainian history.
Thie first one was the 2004 Orange Revolution and the second one was the aforementioned 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity Protests. Because this is a public holiday, it’s a day off for the general population and many government offices and schools are closed for the day.
The History Of Dignity And Freedom Day In Ukraine
On November 13th, 2014, this holiday was established by Presidential decree. It honors two events in modern Ukrainian history: the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013-2014 Revolution of Dignity. Freedom Day was the previous holiday that celebrated the Orange Revolution and it was observed on the 22nd of November from 2005 to 2011. However, it would later be canceled when that celebration was merged into this holiday celebration.
On November 21st, 2013, Ukrainians began to hold protest rallies to respond to their government’s decisions to stop the country from moving towards European integration. This change in the priorities of the country that was made by the legislature triggered the anger of many Ukrainians.
Many Ukrainians took to the streets to protest their country’s perceived drift towards authoritarianism and corruption. Although it started with peaceful student gatherings, there were many tragic events that also happened on this day and this led to over 2,000 people being wounded and 106 people dying.
This was followed by Russian military aggression and occupation of Crimea and the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk by pro-Russian forces. An agreement was reached and the government made concessions to the protesters. Even so, President Viktor Yanukovych and his officials fled the country and Oleksandr Turchynov became the acting president.
Observing Dignity And Freedom Day In Ukraine
This is a day on which people remember the two events memorialized by this holiday and spend time with their loved ones.