Kiev Day

Kiev Day is a holiday celebrated in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and is observed on the last Sunday in May annually. Although it is a widely celebrated holiday across the city, it is not a public holiday, and as such, most businesses will operate under normal Sunday operating hours. Because so many different activities occur on this holiday, many tourists try to align their visit to the city to coincide with this day.

On this day, people can expect to see outdoor performances by street performers, firework displays, open-air concerts, sporting events, charity runs, marathons, cultural exhibits, and even fashion shows. Because this holiday falls on a Sunday, many people in Kyiv spend the entire weekend engaging in celebratory events.

The History of Kyiv Day

This holiday was first established in 1982 to honor the founding of the city. Having a date that celebrates a city’s origin was common at the time when this holiday was created.

Although historians do not know exactly when Kyiv was founded, in 1982, they celebrated the city’s 1,500-year anniversary. In 1986, this holiday became a permanent addition to the holiday calendar, and it has been celebrated ever since.

Amazing Facts About Kyiv

Below are some amazing facts about Kyiv that we would like to share with everyone who is thinking about celebrating this holiday or is merely curious about this Ukrainian city. Let’s take a quick look at them before we talk about how Kyiv Day should be observed.

  • Kyiv is the most populous city in Ukraine.
  • In this city, there were almost 3 million people as of 2020.
  • Kyiv covers an area of 839 square kilometers.
  • This city is believed to have existed as a commercial center as early as the 5th century.
  • Kyiv was completely destroyed during the Mongol invasions in 1240.
  • The city has been independent since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Observing Kyiv Day

On this holiday, there are so many activities to take part in that it might be difficult for people to choose just one activity to celebrate. As we mentioned earlier, there is everything from fireworks to charity runs to cultural exhibits for people to enjoy. People celebrating this holiday can also use the hashtags #KyivDay or #KyivDay to spread the word about this holiday everywhere.

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