Union Day Of Belarus And Russia

Union Day of Belarus and Russia is a holiday observed annually on April 2nd, primarily in Belarus. It commemorates the agreement signed between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on April 2, 1996. This agreement, known as the Agreement on the Union of Belarus and Russia, enhanced the integration of the two countries and demonstrated their mutual support for one another.

It was followed by another agreement on December 25, 1998, which further strengthened the integration between the two states. Although the two countries have historically been close enough to form this Union State, there has been some notable tension between Belarus and Russia over the past few years—especially after the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Interesting Facts About Belarus

Below are some interesting facts about Belarus that we have uncovered. Let’s take a look at them before continuing with this holiday article.

  • The name “Belarus” means “White Russia.”
  • The economy of Belarus is composed mainly of the agricultural and manufacturing industries.
  • Belarus has a personal income tax rate of 13%.
  • Belarus is the 93rd most populous country in the world.
  • Minsk has more than 844,000 trees.
  • Belarus has 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Almost half of the country is occupied by forests.

Observing Union Day of Belarus and Russia

Although this holiday is not as celebrated as vehemently as it has been in the past, it is observed by many people in Belarus. It is not a public holiday, and businesses remain open on this day.

Where is it celebrated?
Belarus (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 2 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
April 2 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
April 2 Sunday