Ukrainian Unity Day

On January 22nd in Ukraine, people celebrate a holiday known as National Unity Day or Ukrainian Unity Day. This day commemorates the signing of the Unification Act by the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic on January 22, 1919, at Saint Sophia Square in Kyiv.

Although this day is a state holiday, it is not a public holiday, and as such, businesses have normal operating hours. This is a day when people come together to express unity, attend concerts or other festivities, or take part in demonstrations and/or political protests.

The History of Ukrainian Unity Day

The purpose of the Unification Act was to create a unified Ukrainian state, but it was regarded by most people as being mainly symbolic. Both governments continued to maintain their own structures, train their own armies, and run their own administrations.

The day’s strong symbolism, however, allowed it to be used for this holiday—a holiday that falls on the date the Unification Act was signed by both sides.

Interesting Facts About Ukraine

Let’s dig into some Ukrainian facts. Ones that we found while doing research for this holiday.

  • It’s still traditional to weave using handmade looms in some parts of Ukraine.
  • Ivana Kupala Day is observed on July 7th every year.
  • The national costume of Ukraine is the Vyshyvanka.
  • Borscht is a popular Ukrainian dish, as are Varenyky.
  • The average life expectancy in Ukraine is 71.4 years.

Observing Ukrainian Unity Day

On this day, people all over the country raise the Ukrainian flag, lay wreaths and flowers on monuments, and listen to political speeches. People also take part in festivals, parades, and concerts that are held on this day. And of course, some people use this day as an opportunity to protest or to stage demonstrations.

Where is it celebrated?
Ukraine (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
January 22 Monday
Next year (2025)
January 22 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
January 22 Sunday