Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomors in Ukraine Date in the current year: November 26, 2016

Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomors in Ukraine Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomors is annually observed in Ukraine on the fourth Saturday in November. This remembrance day is dedicated to the events of 1932-1933, that took millions of lives of the Ukrainians.

The Holodomor is a Ukrainian word for the mass extermination of the nation by artificially caused famine. One famine took place in 1932-1933 and it was caused by the policy of the Soviet Union. The policy of grain procurement and collectivization led to the famine, resulting in death of estimated 9 to 13 million people. In 2006 the events of Holodomor were recognized by Ukrainian authorities as the genocide of the Soviet Union against the Ukrainian nation.

Memorial complexes for the victims of Holodomor are erected in many cities of Ukraine. Since 1998 special services are held at the complexes every year on Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomors. The citizens gather together and carry the lit candles, and then lay them at the foot of the memorials. An all-Ukrainian moment of silence begins at 4:00 pm.

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