Ukrainians overwhelmingly favor Christmas and Easter over Labor Day and Soviet Victory Day

Children are playing near the tanks' exhibition near the Motherland Monument in Kyiv
Children are playing near the tanks' exhibition near the Motherland Monument in Kyiv

Christmas and Easter have emerged as the most popular holidays in Ukraine (70% and 68%, respectively), while Labor Day on May 1 and the former Soviet Victory Day on May 9 are now the least celebrated, according to a survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted from Feb. 17-23 and published on May 8.

Between 2010 and 2021, the popularity of Labor Day held steady, with only 12% of Ukrainians considering it an important or favorite holiday in both years. By 2024, support had fallen to just 4%, making it the least popular holiday among Ukrainians.

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Victory Day on May 9, however, has seen a marked decline in support. In 2010, 58% of Ukrainians viewed it as important. By 2021, only 30% felt the same. Now, in 2024, just 11% consider it significant, leaving it second only to Labor Day as one of the least popular holidays. In 2024, May 8 is now celebrated as the Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism in the Second World War of 1939−1945.

Ukrainians now see Christmas, Easter, Independence Day (64%), and the Day of Ukrainian Defenders (58%) as their top celebrations. New Year's, which was once as popular as Christmas and Easter, now ranks fifth at 47%.

Constitution Day, International Women's Day, and Trinity follow with 28%, 21%, and 17% popularity, respectively.

Sociologists also noted that Ukrainians generally treat holidays with love and respect. A year ago, 2% of respondents didn't value any official holidays, but now none of the respondents chose that option.

The survey targeted adults (18+) residing in Ukraine-controlled territories and excluded citizens living in areas not under Ukrainian government control and those who fled abroad after Feb. 24, 2022.

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