A draft law on the abolition of the celebration of May Day and Victory Day has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada

Ukrainian parliamentarians have registered a bill, according to which holidays can be revised in the country. Instead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the deputies propose to introduce a new public holiday – Ukrainian Women’s Day, which will be celebrated on February 25 (in honor of the birthday of Lesya Ukrainka). In addition, parliamentarians propose to cancel the celebration of Labor Day on May 1 and Victory Day on May 9, leaving only the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8.

Parliamentarians Oksana Savchuk (Svoboda Party), Natalia Pipa, Solomiya Bobrovskaya, Yaroslav Yurchyshyn (Voice) and Rostyslav Tistyk (Servant of the People) also proposed making May 9 a day off – the birthday of the poet Taras Shevchenko. The draft, posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, proposes to make Mother’s Day a day off (the second Sunday in May).

Due to martial law in Kyiv, they did not organize festive events on May 9, 2022. The bill on the transfer of the holiday in honor of Victory Day from May 9 to May 8 was submitted to the Rada back in 2018. May 8 is a day of remembrance and reconciliation, dedicated to the memory of the victims of World War II. It is mainly celebrated in the West.

Andrey Sapozhnikov


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