Dniester Day

Dniester Day is a holiday in Moldova that’s observed on the last Sunday in May every year and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Dniester River Valley. The Dniester is a river that flows through Ukraine, then Moldova, before it is finally discharged into the Black Sea.

This holiday calls attention to the problem of the environment being polluted and serves as a way to encourage people to preserve their natural resources. Every year, there are cultural festivals, meetings, art exhibits, and other events that raise the profile of this holiday to the public.

Some Facts About The Dniester River

The Dniester River is one of the biggest and longest rivers in Moldova, so we thought we would take the time to learn more about it. And we found out a whole lot about this river. So much so, that we decided to list some of our favorite facts about the river below.

  • The river was called Tyras by the ancient Greeks.
  • It is the second-longest river in Ukraine and is a source of drinking water for the people of Moldova.
  • The river is also important because of the hydroelectric power it produces.
  • The Dniester River is approximately 1,362 kilometers long and about 6 meters deep.

Observing Dniester Day In Moldova

On this day, people take part in environmental events, music and dance performances, and discussions on the environment. People also travel up and down the Dniester River on this day—a river that is known as the Nistru river to the people of Moldova and Romania. Contests and other activities are also included in this holiday—a holiday that can span the entire course of a weekend.

Where is it celebrated?
Moldova (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
May 26 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 25 Sunday
Last year (2023)
May 28 Sunday