City Holidays and Memmorable Dates
According to Paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Statute of Territorial Community of Kyiv, approved by the decision of Kyiv City Council № 371/1805 dated 28.03.02, the following dates are memorable for the territorial community of the city of Kyiv:
15th January – Adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On the capital of Ukraine – hero city of Kyiv”
28th March – Adoption of the Statute of territorial community of Kyiv
last Sunday of May – the Day of Kyiv
24th July – the Day of Ukrainian national flag in Kyiv
1st Sunday of October – the Day of the student of Kyiv
6th November – release of Kyiv from German fascist invaders
Adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On the capital of Ukraine – hero city of Kyiv”
(15th January 1999)
Adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On capital of Ukraine – hero city of Kyiv”, which determined not only the basics of the structure and functions of the city, but also – the system of organizational and funding guarantees of the state with the view to carrying out the functions of capital by Kyiv. This Law, in complex with other ones, granted the citizens the right to independently elect Kyiv City Mayor and the deputies of Kyiv City Council.
Adoption of the Statute of territorial community of Kyiv
(28th March 2002)
Adoption of the Statute became a significant event in life of the city, as it is a legal instrument of local self-government and practical realization of principals of direct democracy. It also plays an important role in managing affairs of local significance.
The Day of Kyiv
(last Sunday of May)
Tradition of celebrating the Day of Kyiv appeared recently. In 1982 Kyiv celebrated its 1500 anniversary. That event was so remarkable and exciting that in 1987 citizens decided to make it an official holiday of the city. Since then each year the citizens and guests of the city have the opportunity to commemorate a great history of the capital and enjoy its modern beauty.
The Day of Ukrainian national flag in Kyiv
(24th July 1990)
For the first time in modern history Ukrainian flag was raised in front of the building of Kyiv City Council on Khreschatyk. Near it a red and blue flag of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was wavering. In 2000 Kyiv City Council decided to make 24th July an official holiday of the city.
The Day of the student of Kyiv
(1st Sunday of October)
Decision on this holiday was approved by Kyiv City Council on 28th March 2002 in order to distinguish students’ fasting on the October revolution Square (today it is called the Maidan of Independence) in Kyiv in October 1990. It became a significant step for Ukraine to achieve its’ state independence. It also played an important role for self-perception of Ukrainian 90-s youth generation. The event started the 2nd and finished the 17th of October and covered near 30 thousand of participants (students of Kyiv universities). It encouraged the development of organized youth movement, civil conscience and patriotism among youth.
Release of Kyiv from German fascist invaders
(6th November 1943)
Kyiv was released by the Red Army from German fascist occupation after hard bloody battles on 6th of November. The operation on the release of the city was pending for 3 months. The assault of Kyiv started at the morning of 3rd November 1943. The enemy fought vigorously but failed to combat the tankmen of 3rd guardian army. Together with infantry at the night of 4th November, they started an attack with numerous alarms and lights turned on. At the morning of 6th November fascists were kicked away from old Kyiv. It was released by the units of 1st Ukrainian guard, commanded by Mykola Vatutin. At 00:30 a.m. on 6th November 1943 the red flag was raised above the buildings of Central Committee of Communist Party – a moment, for which the citizens were waiting more than 2 years. Even the subway station was called as “The Heroes of Dnieper” to honor the saviors.