In 2020, a lot of holidays celebrated a little differently than before. The coronavirus pandemic brought about these changes and Ukraine is not an exception.
In particular, the most important religious holidays, Easter celebration took place in such conditions.
The Victory Day comes next on May 9.
How will the Victory Day be marked this year?
The mass rallies will for sure be banned on this day in Kyiv. The mayor of the capital Vitali Klitschko announced this at the briefing.
“This year marks the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism in World War II. I understand that many people congratulated veterans on this day, brought flowers to the memorials, to cemeteries to the graves of their relatives. Some people visited museums. But this year the format will be different. Therefore, you can congratulate the veterans by calling them. Remember your loved ones and share their stories on social networks,” Kyiv Mayor said.
In the regions of Ukraine, it is also planned to refrain from holding mass gatherings.
For example, in Kharkiv, instead of mass events, as Vgorode.ua writes, on Friday, May 8, a festive online concert “Memory in our hearts” will be held.
The mayor of Kharkiv, Hennadiy Kernes, earlier called on Kharkiv citizens to join the action “Immortal Victory Regiment” without leaving home.
“I urge you on May 9, at exactly 12:00 to go out on your balconies with photos of your grandfathers and great-grandfathers and hold a citywide minute of Silence, Memory and Gratitude to their heroic act,” he said.
In Dnipro city, the situation is similar. Mayor Borys Filatov said that they would celebrate May 9 online. And he urged the Dnipro city people to take part in a flash mob.
“We need to know and protect the stories of our heroes. Tell us about them, about your relatives or just acquaintances, about veterans and fighters of the World War II and also about modern defenders of our country.”
A motor rally “Victory Regiment” is planned in Zaporizhia. The organizers plan to drive in the city on May 9 with flags on cars and lay flowers at the monuments and memorials. A festive telethon will also take place in the city.
As you know, May 8 is the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. It is marked in Ukraine annually since 2015.
May 9 is the Victory Day to mark the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II. And only May 9 is an official day off in Ukraine. As this year, May 9 falls on the weekend, May 11 will be the day off.
How many WWII veterans are there in Ukraine?
For comparison: according to the latest data, 41,000 veterans of World War II live in Kyiv. Kyiv City State Administration gave this information response to a inquiry from Delo.ua. There are more of them throughout the country, of course.
Veterans will receive an annual one-time payment. Minister of Social Policy Maryna Lazebna announced this at the end of April, as RBC-Ukraine reported.