National holidays of Belarus
On March 15, 1994, the Constitution of the independent Republic of Belarus had been adopted.
Unity Day of Belarus and Russia
The main holiday of the Union Nation of Belarus and Russia is celebrated on April 2. On that day in 1996 the Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Boris Yeltsin and Alexander Lukashenko, signed the Treaty on the Commonality of Belarus and Russia in Moscow. A year later, on April 2, 1997, the Union Treaty of Belarus and Russia was signed, which formed the basis for the integration processes of the two states.
National Flag Day of the Republic of Belarus and the National Emblem Day of the Republic of Belarus
The 2nd Sunday of May is the Day of the National Flag of the Republic of Belarus and the National Emblem of the Republic of Belarus. The holiday is dedicated to the main symbols of the country, which embody the ideas of national unity and are the most important attributes of the sovereignty and independence of Belarus.
On May 9, Belarus celebrates the victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War (World War II). In the country, this is one of the most revered dates, as the victory went at a huge price – every third Belarusian died. War veterans in Belarus have a special honor, so the solemn processions of veterans are the main festive event of Victory Day.
Independence Day is the main national holiday in Belarus. It is celebrated on July 3 – the day of the liberation of the city of Minsk in 1944 from the Nazi invaders. The main event of the holiday is a solemn parade. In Minsk, it is held on Pobediteley Prospectus and reminds that the Belarusian people won the freedom of the country at the cost of untold losses, and also demonstrates the achievements of sovereign Belarus.
Holidays and memorable days in Belarus
January 1 – New Year.
January 7 – Christmas (Orthodox).
February 23 – Day of Fatherland Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus. Although the main vigilantes of this day are military personnel, in Belarus it is considered a holiday of all men.
March 8 – Women's Day. The holiday was established shortly after the 1917 revolution. In modern Belarus, March 8 is the Spring holiday and the day when women are honored.
May 1 – Labor Day. Labor Day is one of the most popular holidays in Belarus. On this day, a lot of concerts and other entertainment events are being held. A lot of people celebrate it, making picnics.
November 7th – October Revolution Day.
December 25 – Christmas (Catholic).
Belarus officially established memorable days in which it is customary to remember the victims of great tragedies, to pay tribute to the dead.
Memorial Day of the Dead (Radunitsa) – the 9th day after Orthodox Easter. On this day, it is customary to visit cemeteries, to put in order the graves of relatives and close people.
April 26 – Day of the Chernobyl tragedy.June 22 – Day of National Memory of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War.
In Belarus along with the official holidays, remain popular the ancient folk holidays, one of which is Kupalye. It is celebrated on the night of July 6-7. The celebration is accompanied by folk rites, songs, round dances. Mandatory attributes of the holiday – are ritual jumping over the fire and bathing.
Calendar of holidays and memorable days that are non-working in Belarus
January 1 – New Year
January 7 – Christmas (Orthodox)
March 8 – Women's Day
9th day after Orthodox Easter – Radunitsa
May 1 – Labor Day
May 9 – Victory Day
July 3 – Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus
November 7 – The Day of the October Revolution
December 25 – Christmas (Catholic)