May is one of the most festive months, but this year the Ukrainians would not have the opportunity to rest during the long weekends.
This time, public holidays fall on the middle of the week: Labor Day – on Wednesday, May 1, and Victory Day – on Thursday, May 9.
May has 22working days and 9 weekend days.
Ukraine will celebrate at least two important dates in May:
May 1 – Labor Day (formerly the Day of Solidarity of Workers)
The holiday is marked in 143 countries to commemorate the workers' protests that took place in Chicago on May 1, 1886. On that day, hundreds of thousands of workers in the largest industrial centers in the United States demanded the introduction of an 8-hour workday and wage increases.
In Ukraine, the Day of Solidarity of Workers was first celebrated in Lviv in 1890. It became a public holiday and a non-working day in the Ukrainian People's Republic and remained in the times of independent Ukraine.
In 2017, the Verkhovna Rada made changes to Article 73 of the Labor Code of Ukraine, according to which the “International Workers' Day” was renamed into “Labor Day.”
May 9 – Victory Day over Nazism in World War II. A public holiday and a day off, which is officially celebrated on May 9, starting in 2016. It replaced the Soviet holiday “Victory Day,” which was celebrated in the Soviet Union, and then to independent Ukraine until 2015.
Until recently, on this day, rallies and military parades were organized to commemorate Soviet military leaders, the main idea of these activities was to demonstrate military power. Now, the public use of the communist and Nazi symbols in Ukraine is prohibited, and parades and fireworks are replaced with the sorrow for the dead and the mention of specific people.
By the way, the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation was established in the country – May 8.
In May, Ukrainians mark the other, equally interesting and important holidays:
The holiday is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. It has quite unusual history, but its meaning is simple – honoring a woman-mother, of her great self-sacrifice and love.
May 18 - Europe Day
The holiday was established taking into account Ukraine’s strategic course of for European integration by presidential decree of April 19, 2003, and is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. On this day, Ukrainians celebrate unity with other European countries.
In Europe, the Day is celebrated on May 9.
May 23 - Day of Heroes
The annual holiday established in honor of the Ukrainian soldiers, fighters for freedom of Ukraine, first of all, knights of Kievan Rus, Cossacks of Hetman times, insurgents, Ukrainian Sich archers, soldiers of Ukraine’s Insurgent Army, etc.
The Day of Heroes is a kind of memorial day for all Ukrainians who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for the freedom and independence of their native state.
In addition, May has more than a dozen professional and international and worldwide holidays. In particular:
May 3 – World Press Freedom Day;
May 7 – Radio Day;
May 8 – International Red Cross Day;
May 12 – World Nursing Day;
May 15 – International Family Day;
May 17 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day;
May 18 – International Museum Day and Science Day;
May 19 – Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions, All-Ukrainian Day of Cultural Workers;
May 20 – Bankers’ Day and World Metrology Day;
May 24 – Day of Slavic literature and culture;
May 25 – is the Day of the Philologist;
May 26 – Day of Kyiv, the Day of the workers of publishing houses, printing and book distribution, and also the Day of the chemist;
May 28 – Day of the border guard;
May 29 – International Day of UN peacekeepers;
May 31 – World No Tobacco Day.
In the Orthodox calendar, the last month of spring is not so remarkable: May 1 – 5 is the Holy Week, better known as Easter Week or Bright Week.
It begins after Easter Sunday, April 28, and lasts for six days until St. Thomas’s Week (the second Sunday after Christ’s Resurrection).