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On October 14, Ukrainians celebrate Defender Day in order to honor heroism and courage of brave warriors, who protect independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and to consolidate the spirit of patriotism in society. In 2017, Ukrainian Defender Day falls on Saturday, so the official holiday will be shifted to Monday, October 16. In such a way, Ukrainians are going to have three days off in a row. Let`s check out how Ukrainian cities will celebrate Ukrainian Defender Day 2017.

Ivana Kupala Day is the day of summer solstice celebrated in Ukraine on July, 7th in the Gregorian or New Style calendar, which is currently June, 24th in the Julian or Old Style calendar still used by many of the Orthodox Churches. Initially, this day had pagan character. Since ancient times it had been dedicated to the Slavic god Kupala and sun. Ivana Kupala  in Ukraine is a summer fest where love, magic, happiness, pagan and Christian traditions come together in a most mystical, vibrant and authentic summer holiday.

May in Ukraine is the month with the most number of days off and bank holidays. This in turn, presents a great opportunity for traveling, discovering new things and enjoying the warm spring weather. «Destinations» narrows down top 6 most interesting and spectacular events and locations to attend in May 2017.

Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. In 2017 Easter in Ukraine will be celebrated on the second weekend of April. «Destinations» narrows down some of the most interesting Ukrainian Easter traditions and rounds up information on most authentic and fun 2017 Easter celebrations in Ukrainian cities.

Lviv is considered to be a festival capital of Ukraine. This beautiful city in Western Ukraine became a scene for various international cultural events. Festival calendar is getting exceptionally busy with the arrival of spring and offers events for different interests and tastes. «Destinations» rounds up the most interesting festivals that will be happening in Lviv this spring.

Many people in Ukraine celebrate the International Women’s Day on 8th of March. This is a well established and beloved holiday among Ukrainians. We gathered some ideas on how to celebrate one of the most anticipated spring holidays in Kyiv.

The last week before the Great Fast coincided with pagan holiday of seeing off the winter and meeting the spring, which was celebrated by all people of Europe in the pre-Christian period. The east Slavs called this holiday “Maslyanytsya”, Butter Week or Pancake Week.

Epiphany Day is an important religious holiday in Ukraine. It is celebrated on January 19th and is often referred to as Vodokhryshchi (Blessing of Water) or Yordan (Jordan River). Epiphany Day completes the winter (Christmas–New Year) festivities cycle in Ukraine.

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Most popular and beloved winter holiday in the Western Ukraine has been conquering the attention in other regions of Ukraine recently. St. Nicholas, the Ukrainian version of Santa Clause, brings something more than just presents for kids, St. Nicholas day marks the beginning of the winter holiday season in Ukraine.

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