Europe Day in Ukraine Date in the current year: May 9, 2024

Europe Day in Ukraine Europe Day is a common term for several annual celebrations of unity and peace in Europe held in May. For example, Ukraine celebrates Europe Day on May 9, on the same day as EU member states.

Europe Day in Ukraine was originally established by President Leonid Kuchma in order to strengthen the ties between Ukraine and the European Union. The designated date was the third Saturday in May, but celebrations usually lasted for an entire weekend. In 2023, President Volodymyr Zelensky moved the holiday to May 9 with the intention for it to replace Victory Day, which had strong associations with the Soviet regime.

Traditionally, the opening ceremony of Europe Day is held in Kyiv, the national capital of Ukraine. On Khreschatyk street, the so-called European Village is organized. The Village's pavilions represent Ukraine, EU member states, the European Commission and various international organizations. Festivities also include parades, concerts, receptions, debates, presentations and other events.

Europe Day is widely celebrated throughout the country. Local activities and events are organized by local authorities, non-government and civil society organizations, educational institutions, activists. Media campaigns help promote the holiday, contributing to the growth of its popularity.

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