A draft law has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, which proposes to cancel the celebration of March 8, Labor Day and Victory Day. The document was published on the website of the Parliament, TASS reports.
Instead of March 8, the authors of the initiative proposed establishing a new public holiday and an official holiday on February 25 – Ukrainian Women’s Day. This date was chosen in honor of the birthday of the poetess Lesya Ukrainka. In addition, it was proposed to make March 9, the birthday of the poet Taras Shevchenko, a day off.
It is also proposed to cancel the celebrations of Labor Day (May 1) and Victory Day (May 9) and celebrate only the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (May 8), without declaring this date a day off. According to the developers of the document, this will avoid economic losses. In addition, it is emphasized that the end of World War II is celebrated on May 8 and is not a holiday.
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The draft document proposes to make the second Sunday of May a day off in honor of Mother’s Day.
As reported by “Parliamentary newspaper”, last year the Saeima of Latvia urgently approved a bill according to which May 9 in the Baltic Republic will become a day of remembrance for those killed in Ukraine. According to changes in the legislation, this day will become mourning, and therefore it will be prohibited to hold mass entertainment and festive events. Also on May 8 and 9, fireworks will be banned throughout the country.