The Ukrainian Institute of National Memory prepared a draft law calling off the days off for the March 8 and May 1 holidays (to note that May 2 is also a state holiday and a day off now). The President of the Institute Volodymyr Viatrovych published that on his blog.
“Every country has its own calendar – people mark some days and holidays together. Ukraine is not an exception. However it is an exception in Europe, as we have the same old calendar, which had never been cleaned up after decades of communism leaving the explicit trace of that epoch. Though the sense of those holidays is mostly lost,” Viatrovych writes.
He also states that despite a quarter of the century we see that the neighbour’s hostile propaganda turns these holidays for an anchor to hold our country in the past.
Thus the 8th of May will become the Day of Memory and reconciliation, which is marked in synch with Europe. The 9th of May will remain the day of Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II, but will be no longer a day off.
Viatrovych offers to add the Day of Birth of Taras Shevchenko on the 9th of March, Day of Family (the second Friday of September).
Thus the number of holidays will reduce from 11 to 9 per year.