2017-11-16 21:53:00

Ukrainian parliament makes Catholic Christmas a public holiday

Kiev, November 16, Interfax - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved changes to the Labor Code by adding Catholic Christmas, December 25, and removing May 2 from its list of national public holidays and non-business days.

The changes to Article 73 of the Code of labor laws were backed by 238 people's deputies in attendance.

"With the passage of this bill, Christmas will be marked in Ukraine twice: on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar, and on January 7, according to the Julian one," Lyudmila Denisova (People's Front), head of the parliamentary committee on social policy, said during debate on the bill.

People's deputies voted for the legal initiative while bearing in mind an amendment, proposed by Speaker Andrey Parubiy, to remove May 2 from the list of public holidays.

May 1, Labor Day, will remain a public holiday.

The law comes enters into effect the day after publication.