The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov congratulated people of Ukraine with Christmas on December 25 before the New Year for the first time in the history of the independent Ukraine.
It was planned to gather 2017 choristers to sing Christmas carols in the center of Kyiv on European Square. This event was a flash mob to show that Ukraine celebrates Christmas together with Europe. Ukrainian politicians and artists were also present and congratulated people with the holiday.
“In 431 the 3rd Ecumenical council decided to celebrate Christmas on December 25, on the next day after winter solstice when the light conquers the dark. Christmas is celebrated on December 25 by the Gregorian calendar by which all countries live, by which Ukraine also lives. Not only Catholic or Protestant Churches, but also the majority of Orthodox Churches in different countries celebrates Christmas today. All civilized world celebrates Christmas today. Friends, we do not have to wait for the law to make this day a holiday to take effect. Let’s celebrate Christmas together with Europe,” Turchynov said.
The draft law to make December 25 a holiday was registered in the Verkhovna Rada. 24 deputies from different factions are the authors of the draft. The draft proposes to amend the Labor Code of Ukraine on holidays and days off: “Christmas is on December 25 and January 7”.
“There are around 11 000 of religious Catholic and Protestant communities in Ukraine, that is 30% of all religious organizations of Ukraine, who celebrate Christmas by the Gregorian calendar on December 25,” the explanation message to the draft says.
“Thus, the great number of believers of Ukraine celebrates this religious holiday on different day than it was determined by law. At the same time, the majority of the Orthdox churches of the world celebrate Christmas on December 25. This date is acceptable for most Ukrainians considering the optimization of Christmas celebration, that is a religious holiday accompanied by fasting and a secular holiday - the New Year, " the document states.
As we know according to the results of the poll, 1.2% of Ukrainians consider themselves Protestants and 0,8% are Roman Catholics.
Earlier it was reported that Kontraktova Square was decorated with fantastic Christmas sculptures. Chinese calendar - fire cock placed near Christmas tree as the 2017 symbol.