The Day of Dignity and Freedom is marked in Ukraine on November 21 every year.
Euromaidan demonstrations started in Kyiv after the decision of President Victor Yanukovych to suspend the preparation for signing the Association Agreement on November 21, 2013. All at once this announcement resulted in the largest protests since the last Orange Revolution in 2004.
The Day of Dignity and Freedom is a public holiday established by President Poroshenko in 2014.
The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU should have been signed at a summit meeting of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius held through November 28-29, 2013. However, on November 21, the Ukrainian government decided to stop the preparation for signing the Association Agreement. On the same day, late at night, people started gathering at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv to protest against this government's decision.
November 21, 2013
This date is officially considered the beginning of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity. Around 2,000 people gathered the same night when the decree to change geopolitical course of Ukraine and suspend preparations for signing the Association Agreement was made public.
Many opposition leaders called for protest via Facebook and Twitter and later on the representatives of the opposition and pro-EU parties were the ones to lead the protests.
November 24, 2013
A more serious rally and opposition meeting took place on November 24, when around 50,000 to 200,000 people gathered on the main square in the capital.
Read the full History of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine here.
The aftermath of the revolution is well-known and it undoubtedly changed us forever.
Day of Dignity and Freedom 2020
Memorial, cultural and artistic events will take place in the capital on this day this year.
On Saturday, November 21, memorial, solemn and cultural and artistic events, flower-laying ceremonies will be held in all districts of Kyiv. Representatives of the executive authorities, local authorities and clergy, participants in the revolutions in Ukraine in 2004, 2013-2014, families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, participants in the Anti-Terrorist Operation and the Joint Forces Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions will take part in the events. Kyiv City State Administration reported this.
On November 20, thematic videos and photos will be broadcasted on the occasion of a memorable day on 36 Khreshchatyk Street.
On November 20-22, the National Historical and Architectural Museum "Kyiv Fortress" will host a photo exhibition ‘Maidan - a fortress of the spirit.’
On November 21, at from 10 to 11 a.m., prayers and laying of flowers will take place at the chapel of Church of Saint Michael the Archangel and new Ukrainian martyrs of the UGCC on the Alley of Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred.
On November 21 at 19:00 one could join excursion programs: to watch an exposition ‘Towards Freedom,” to walk on a route ‘Places of Revolution of Dignity’ in the center of the capital and visit thematic exhibitions ‘М³ Maidan. Memorial. Museum’ on the site of the future building of the National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity.
On November 21, near the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Lviv, the Maidan tent will be set up, with a photo exhibition about the events of Euromaidan.
On the same day, the March of Dignity will take place, which will start from the monument to Stepan Bandera.
From November 17 to December 20, an exhibition of Mykola Honcharov's poster ‘(Not) Instead of Weapons’ will be held in the hall of the Odesa Local Lore and History Museum.
Until November 29, the exhibition ‘New York - Ilovaisk: Choice’ will be open for everyone in “Civil feat of Dnipropetrovsk region in the events of the anti-terrorist operation” Museum. It is dedicated to Markiyan Paslawsky, a deceased volunteer of the Donbas Battalion, known also under call sign ‘Franko.’
On November 30, in National Historical Museum of Dnipro city, a discussion on the topic ‘Euromaidan in the Regions: Dnipro’ will be held with the participants of the events.