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August: Holidays, celebrations, and special days

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In August 2019, Ukrainians will have 10 days off and 21 will be working days
14:00, 1 August 2019

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In August 2019, Ukrainians will have 10 days off and 21 will be working days.

Since Ukraine is celebrating Independence Day on August 24, the weekend will last for three days – on August 24, 25, and 26. In addition, the pre-holiday working day on August 23 will be reduced by one hour.

The official weekends in August 2019: August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, and 31.

One of the most important public holidays that fall in August, as already mentioned, is Independence Day of Ukraine. We celebrate it on August 24 in honor of the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, which marked the beginning of the creation of the state of Ukraine in its modern form.

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August 1, Ukrainians celebrate Collector's Day.

August 4, this year we celebrate the Day of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which since 2007, according to the current legislation, is usually celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August.

It is interesting that with the approval of the date of the celebration of the Day of the Air Force of the Armed Forces in our country, the Day of Air Defense Forces, which was previously celebrated annually on the first Sunday of July, was canceled.

August 5 is the International Day of Traffic Light. Officially the first stoplight was installed in the United States in 1914 was the only two-tone.

August 8, Day of Communication Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition to it, the International Cat Day, as well as the International Climber's Day, are also marked on this date.

August 9 is considered International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. According to the UN data,There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.

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August 11 this year, Ukraine celebrates Builder's Day, as well as the Day of Veterinary Medicine Workers. In Ukraine, these professional holidays are usually celebrated annually on the second Sunday of August.

August 12, International Youth Day. There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. But 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school. Political instability, labour market challenges, and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies. 12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999 and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

August 13, unofficial World Left-handed Day is observed to celebrate the uniqueness people's sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world.

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August 15, Ukrainians celebrate Archaeologist's Day.

August 18, World Homeless Animals Day.

August 19, Beekeeper Day and World Humanitarian Day.

August 23, Day of the National Flag in Ukraine.

This day is not considered a day off, but traditionally a whole complex of celebrations takes place in the country, including the annual official ceremony of raising the State Flag of Ukraine in regional and district centers.

In addition, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is celebrated.

August 25, Ukrainians marks Miner's Day.

August 31, this year is Ukraine’s Aviation Day, which is usually celebrated on the last Saturday of August.

August is a very remarkable month in the Orthodox Church calendar.

On August 19, Christians mark memory of the divine greatness and glory of Jesus Christ in front of the three closest disciples during prayer on the mountain, the second one was installed on August 28 in memory of the burial of the Mother of God in Jerusalem.

In addition, August 2 is the day of remembrance of the prophet Elijah or Elijah day. The saint is one of the most respected among the Slavs, therefore, in Ukraine, in addition to traditional services on this day, folk festivals also take place.

Then it is important to highlight August 14, 19 and 29 - these are the dates of the so-called Savior, which, due to the peculiarities of the service, was popularly called Savior of the Apple Feast Day, Savior of the Honey Feast Day, Savior of the Nut 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 Assumption Lent, which lasts from August 14 to 28.

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From August 11 to 15, Muslims celebrate one of the two most important holidays - Eid al-Adha to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son. Eid al-Adha is a public holiday in places such as Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr) and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one-third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.

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