Ukrainian Writing and Language Day Date in the current year: October 27, 2024

Ukrainian Writing and Language Day Ukrainian Writing and Language Day is an official holiday in Ukraine celebrated annually on November 9. This holiday was established by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma in 1997.

The original date of Ukrainian Language and Writing Day was November 9. It was chosen to honor Saint Nestor the Chronicler, also known as Nestor the Hagiographer. Nestor was a monk in Kyiv Pechersk Lavra who is considered to be the author of the Primary Chronicle, also known as the Tale of Bygone Years, which is a fundamental source of information on the earliest history of the East Slavs. In 2023, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine switched to the revised Julian calendar, and the feast day of Saint Nestor was moved to October 27; the date of Ukrainian Writing and Language Day was changed accordingly.

Ukrainian Writing and Language Day was established by the Ukrainian president in order to support the initiative of various social organizations and recognize the important role that the Ukrainian language plays in the unification of the Ukrainian society.

On the occasion of the holiday, a traditional flower laying ceremony takes place at the monument to Nestor the Chronicler. Other cultural events are organized to promote the use of Ukrainian language. The International Competition of the Ukrainian Language Experts also starts on October 27; over 5 million people from 20 countries around the world participate it.

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