Ukraine Embraces the Spirit of Change: Celebrating Christmas on a New Date!
Written 31st July 2023 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter
Exciting news from Ukraine! The country is embracing positive change and celebrating a more independent future. Recently, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill into law, shifting the official Christmas Day state holiday from 7 January to 25 December. This move is part of Ukraine's efforts to distance itself from Russia and its imposing Christmas celebrations.
In fact, Ukraine has been on a remarkable journey of breaking ties with Russia and aligning itself with the West in various aspects, including religious and cultural connections. This process has gained momentum, especially after Russia's full-scale invasion in 2022.
The legislation signed by President Zelensky also includes moving two more state holidays: Day of Ukrainian Statehood, which will now be celebrated on 15 July instead of 28 July, and Defenders' Day, honoring armed forces veterans, moving from 14 October to 1 October.
The recent developments have seen a shift from the previously observed Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which is followed in most parts of the world. This means that many Ukrainian worshippers, including the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), are now joining in the joyous celebration of Christmas on 25 December.
While some still follow the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which has had a historic connection with Moscow, the country as a whole is embracing change and asserting its independence. Renaming of streets, removal of monuments linked to Russian and Soviet figures, and the banning of post-2014 Russian films are further steps taken by Ukraine to assert its identity and distance itself from its northeastern neighbor.
This is a significant moment for Ukraine as it continues to shape its future, and it's great to see the country's determination to stand strong on its own path. The people of Ukraine are celebrating these positive changes with enthusiasm, looking forward to a brighter and more independent future.