Parliament declared Christmas an official holiday

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law, which at the official level on December 25 is declared a day off in connection with celebration of Catholic Christmas, the decision on Thursday was supported by 238 MPs with the necessary minimum of 226 votes.

The document was adopted at the second attempt.

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates one of the main Christian holidays — Christmas — 25 Dec. Russian, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and old believers celebrate Christmas 7 January. This day in Ukraine is an output.

In the explanatory note to the document notes that about 30% of Ukrainian Christians of the Catholic and Protestant communities celebrate the Christmas holiday on December 25, but in Ukraine this is work.

The authors of the legislative initiative consider the need to ensure the rights of a large part of the population of Ukraine for the celebration of Christmas that day.

«The bill does not change the status of January 7 as Christmas, that is we set the standard which and 25 December and 7 January for Ukrainian Christians can celebrate Christmas,» explained one of the authors of the document Deputy Pavel Unguryan.

This act, the MPs also abolished the statutory holiday on 2 may. Now the Ukrainians will rest only on may 1 marking the international workers ‘ Day.

The document must be signed by the President of Ukraine. The law will come into force on the day following the day of its publication in the official press.

Currently, Ukraine 11 holidays declared public holidays.