The second month of summer is starting. We will tell you about all the important and interesting dates of July. July is not such a busy month for significant dates as, say, June. And yet, the second summer month also has something to ‘boast’ about.
Naturally, this month in Ukraine will have to do without mass events in connection with the epidemic of coronavirus.
Okay, let's start with one of the most important issues.
How many days will we rest in July?
Everything is simple here. There are no public holidays in July. Therefore, the days off will be only on Saturdays and Sunday, a total of eight days.
Day of the Naval Forces of Ukraine - July 5
Navy Day was celebrated for the first time on August 1, 1997. This day quite often fell on weekdays, thereby violating naval traditions.
In March 2006, President Viktor Yushchenko corrected the situation by rescheduling the celebration on the first Sunday of July.
In 2008, the holiday was canceled by President Viktor Yanukovych. Instead, on the last Sunday of July, the Fleet Day of Ukraine was celebrated.
The day of the Navy, as a separate holiday, was restored on June 12, 2015, by President Petro Poroshenko. Now it is celebrated again on the first Sunday of July.
As you know, the Navy includes:
- surface forces;
- submarine forces;
- maritime aviation;
- coastal defense.
Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - July 7
It is one of the Christian holidays, established in honor of the birth of a son to elderly parents, the righteous Zechariah and Elizabeth, who later became John the Baptist.
By the way, this holiday is one of the few holidays of the Orthodox Church calendar, when the birth of the glorified person is celebrated.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul – July 12
It is a Christian holiday honoring saint apostles Peter and Paul.
This day ends the Apostles' Fast (the holiday itself is not included in this Fast).
This day of honoring the two Apostles has been known since the time of early Christianity and was marked in the Roman Empire both in the East and in the West.
Christianization of Kyiv Rus' – July 28
In Ukraine, the holiday is officially called the Day of Christianization of Kyiv Rus' – Ukraine. This is a state holiday, which was established by the decree of the President Viktor Yushchenko for July 25, 2008. The holiday is being celebrated on July 28 annually.
This date has a reason behind it. According to the legend, on this day in 988, Vladimir the Great (the ruler of Kyivan Rus' from 980 to 1015, - ed.) got a new religion and came back to Kyiv to baptize people of Rus’. Actually, the exact day of the Christianization was not determined. It was indicated approximately as August 14 (under the old calendar) in 988.
Eid al-Adha – July 30 – August 3
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday of the end of the Hajj, celebrated 70 days after the holiday of Uraza Bayram, on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, commemorating the sacrifice of Ibrahim, who is considered a prophet in Islam.
The holiday is also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice.” Sacrifice is the culmination of the holiday. This is a symbol of faith and fidelity to God, a sign of sacrifice and humility. The victim may be a ram, a camel or a cow.
This is one of the most important Muslim holidays. Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky promised to make this holiday a state holiday.
July 1 - Day of Architecture of Ukraine
July 2 - Day of Worker of State Tax Service
July 4 - National Police Day
July 6 - Day of the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
July 12 - Fisherman's Day
July 16 - Accountant Day
July 26 - Day of Trade Workers.