It is September outside and it is a time to look at the detailed map of weekends, holidays, and just memorable dates in the first month of the fall. Here we have the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the birthday of the smiley-face emoji, and many church holidays.
9 days off this month
The first autumn month will not please Ukrainians with official days off. Only traditional Saturdays and Sundays will be there for us.
Autumn will begin for the Ukrainians with 21 working days and 9 weekends.
Anniversary of the World War II outbreak and more
Autumn traditionally begins with the Knowledge Day, which was marked in Ukraine on September 1.
In addition, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II falls for September 1 - it was on this day in 1939 that German troops attacked Poland.
The main holiday of September 2 is considered the day of the end of World War II.
The reason for the holiday is the Act of unconditional surrender of Japan, which was signed on September 2, 1945 on board of the American battleship Missouri. According to the Act, Japan had to stop hostilities immediately, and it was the sign of the end of World War II.
On September 4, 1991, a yellow-blue flag was raised over the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for the first time after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The following day, September 5, Ukrainians will celebrate International Day of Charity together with people of other countries.
September 8, 2019 is rich on holidays and memorable dates. Yes, this day is an International Literacy Day, International Day of Journalists' Solidarity, Tanker’s Day, Oil &Gas Workers' Day, and the victims of fascism are also commemorated on the victims of fascism.
September 9 is considered in the world a day of beauty. In 2019, Ukrainians will celebrate Tester Day of the and the Day of Graphic Designer on this day.
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Programmer's Day will be celebrated in Ukraine on September 13. This date is celebrated in more than 20 countries, including Germany, Brazil, India, Israel and the USA.
On second Saturday of September, which is September 14 this year, Ukrainians celebrate the Day of Ukrainian Cinema and the Day of Physical Culture and Sports.
September 15 is International Democracy Day.
And on September 17, Ukraine annually celebrates Emergency Rescuer's Day.
On September 19, there is an unusual holiday - Emoticon's Birthday.
In 1982, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott Fahlman first proposed to use three characters (colon, a hyphen, and parenthesis) to indicate a “smiling face" in the text typed on a computer. This was a serious addition to the electronic lexicon.
September 21 is an International Day of Peace, Pharmaceutical Worker's Day as well as Day of Inventor and Innovator.
On September 22, the Mechanical Engineer’s Day will be marked in Ukraine.
September 27 - World Tourism Day and Educator's Day.
September 29 - Day of Remembrance of Babyn Yar Victims.
Babyn Yar is a ravine in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and a site of massacres carried out by German forces and local Ukrainian collaborators during their campaign against the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a symbol of Holocaust. Nearly 34,000 Jews were shot to death here over two days, September 29 and 30 in 1941. According to other sources, the Nazis shot nearly 150,000 Ukrainian Jews here in just 5 days.
September 30 is an International Translation Day and Ukraine is also celebrating Library Day.
In addition to national and professional holidays, September is rich with significant church dates.
On September 11, the Orthodox church and all the believers commemorate the martyrdom of the John the Baptist - this day is called the Beheading of John the Baptist.
On this day, one should not borrow money or give away anything; no new cases can be started; it is strongly not recommended to cut your hair. On this day, it is necessary to keep a strict fast. Believers should not eat meat, milk, fish, and seafood. Neither singing nor dancing is allowed on this day. Housewives are forbidden to sew and knit. Drinking alcohol on this day is a great sin.
Another important church date in September is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The religious holiday of the Orthodox church honoring the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is one of the twelve feasts of the Christian year. Orthodox believers celebrate it annually on September 21, and Catholics - on September 8.
It is not recommended to do heavy physical work on this day. It is fast, and people should not quarrel with the loved ones and try to resolve any controversial issues peacefully and make compromises.
On September 27, Orthodox Christians celebrate a holiday that is one of the largest and most revered on the church calendar. It is one of the twelve feasts of the Christian year - Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of the Lord.
Exaltation is a fast, one should not eat dairy or meat. One should not work or start a new business. You also should not leave the door open: people say that snakes are looking for a place to spend the winter and can crawl into any home.