In August 2020, Ukrainians will have 11 days off and 20 working days. Since Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on August 24, August 22, 23, and 24 will be the days off. The official day-offs in August 2020 are 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 August.
One of the most important public holidays that fall in August is Independence Day. It is marked on August 24; in 1991, the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic adopted the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, which became the beginning of the creation of the state of Ukraine in its modern form.
August 1, Ukrainians celebrate the Day of the Collector.
This year, Day of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine falls on August 2, since 2007, this holiday has been celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August.
Interestingly, with the approval of the date for the celebration of the Day of the Air Force of the Armed Forces in our country, the Day of the Air Defense Forces, which was previously celebrated annually on the first Sunday of July, was canceled.
August 5 is International Traffic Light Day. It was installed on this date in memory of an event that happened in 1914 in the American city of Cleveland. It is believed that it was on this day that the first predecessor of modern light traffic controllers appeared.
August 8, Ukraine celebrates another professional holiday of the military - this time the Day of the Signal Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In addition, this date also falls on the International Day of Cats, as well as the International Day of the Mountaineer.
August 9 is considered the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. Since this holiday is a novelty for Ukrainians, let us dwell on it in more detail.
The memorable date was established at the initiative of the UN General Assembly in 1994 with the aim of drawing the attention of the general public to the need to preserve indigenous peoples on the planet, protect their rights, cultural wealth and heritage.
According to UN estimates, indigenous peoples now comprise about 370 million people in more than 70 countries. There are no less than 5,000 different indigenous groups in the world, representing different cultures of the existing diversity of our planet. They represent more than 4,000 different languages out of 6,700 known. Today, most indigenous languages are threatened with extinction and the rights of their speakers continue to be violated.
Day of the Builder, as well as the Day of Veterinary Medicine Workers, also falls on August 9 this year. In Ukraine, these professional holidays are celebrated annually on the second Sunday of August.
August 12, Ukraine celebrates International Youth Day. This holiday was established at the UN level in 1998. Its main goal is to highlight the problems of young people, to protect their rights and freedoms in the international aspect.
August 13 is considered the unofficial World Left-Handed Day.
It sounds a bit funny, but many believe that the date needs to be officially approved at the international level because we are talking about a very serious problem - discrimination against people who prefer to use their left hand. For example, most equipment is aimed at right-handers, so left-handers have to make unnatural movements for them, which leads to stress and injuries at work.
On August 15, Ukrainians celebrate Archaeologist Day, followed by World Day of Homeless Animals (August 18), Beekeeper's Day and World Humanitarian Day (August 19).
On August 23, the country marks the Day of Ukrainian Flag.
This day is not considered a day off, but traditionally the country hosts a whole range of solemn events, including an annual official ceremony of raising the State Flag of Ukraine in regional and district centers, other settlements of Ukraine with the participation of scientists and cultural figures, representatives of international, public, religious organizations, political parties.
On this day, the world celebrates the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
August 29 this year is the Aviation Day of Ukraine, which is usually celebrated on the last Saturday of August.
On August 30, Ukrainians celebrate Miner's Day.
Church calendar for August
August is a very remarkable month in the Orthodox Church calendar – Christians celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos.
The first is celebrated on August 19 in memory of the appearance of the Divine greatness and glory of Jesus Christ before the three closest disciples during prayer on the mountain, the second is marked on August 28 in memory of the burial of the Mother of God in Jerusalem.
In addition, in the church calendar, August 2 is considered the day of remembrance of the prophet Elijah. The saint is one of the most respected among the Slavs, so in Ukraine, in addition to traditional services on this day, folk festivals are also usually held.
Then it is important to single out August 14, 19 and 29 - these are the dates of the so-called Feast of the Savior on the Hill (Spas), which, due to the peculiarities of the divine service, were popularly called Savior of the Apple Feast Day, Savior of the Honey Feast Day, and Savior of the Nuts Feast Day. All three holidays were established by the church in honor of the Lord Jesus Christ and, as it were, connect the days of the lent, which lasts from August 14 to 28.
In particular, on August 14, the day of the beginning of the Assumption Lent, the First Savior is celebrated - the Origin of the Honest and Life-giving Cross of the Lord, on August 19 - the Second Savior, which coincides with the Transfiguration of the Lord, on August 29 - the Third Savior - the memory of the Not-Made-by-Hand Image of Our Saviour.
Many, probably, were interested in what exactly is the Assumption Fast. This is one of the four multi-day fasts of the church year, which falls in the second half of August. It was founded in honor of the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and is in many ways similar to Great Lent. In particular, meat, dairy products, and eggs are excluded from the meal, fish is allowed only on the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
In other words, on the days of the week on the fasting menu:
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday - dry eating; on Tuesdays and Thursdays - cooked food without vegetable oil; vegetable oil and wine are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays;
on the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, as noted, you can eat fish, vegetable oil and wine; on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, if it falls on Wednesday or Friday, fish is allowed, and the fasting is postponed to the next day; if it falls on other days of the week, then there is no fasting.
In addition, it is customary among the people to celebrate the so-called harvest festival starting from the last Sunday in August. It is also associated with the church, but it is celebrated depending on the will of a particular community.