Ukraine Independence Day around the world in 2019

Ukraine Independence Day around the world in 2019
The flag of the Ukraine represents the blue sky over fields of wheat Image by , via Flickr
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This holiday next takes place in 3 days.
  Dates of Ukraine Independence Day around the world
2021 UkraineAug 24
Ukraine Tue, Aug 24National Holiday
2020 UkraineAug 24
Ukraine Mon, Aug 24National Holiday
2019 UkraineAug 24, Aug 26
Ukraine Mon, Aug 26National Holiday (additional day)
Ukraine Sat, Aug 24National Holiday
2018 UkraineAug 24
Ukraine Fri, Aug 24National Holiday
2017 UkraineAug 24, Aug 25
Ukraine Fri, Aug 25National Holiday (bridge day)
Ukraine Thu, Aug 24National Holiday
Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence from the USSR in August 1991.

When is Ukrainian Independence Day?

Known as 'День незалежності України', this public holiday is Ukraine's National Day.

Independence Day is always celebrated on August 24th and marks Ukraine's declaration of independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

History of Ukrainian Independence Day

The start of the 1990s saw the collapse of the Soviet Union. On July 16th 1990, the Ukrainian government had declared state sovereignty.

In August 1991, there was a failed coup to restore the communist rule in the Soviet Union. As a result of the attempted coup and increasing fears about a return to Soviet rule, the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on August 24th 1991.

A condition of the declaration was that a national referendum should take place on December 1st 1991. Despite outside concerns that Ukraine could split into east and west, the turnout was over 80% and the result of the referendum was that over 92% voted in favour of their independence.

For some, the referendum of December 1st is seen as a more important date than the declaration of independence as it showed Ukraine's unity in wanting independence.

Did you know?

Ukraine's flag is two horizontal bands of blue and yellow. The blue represents the sky and the yellow represents fields of wheat.

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