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ON THE HOLIDAY OF THE PROTECTION OF THE VIRGIN UKRAINE CELEBRATES THE DAY OF THE DEFENDER AND DEFENDER OF THE FATHERLAND

Defender of Ukraine Day. This is the name of the holiday, which has become an official state holiday since 2015 and, having received the name “Defender of the Fatherland Day”, replaced a similar Soviet one, which was celebrated on February 23 and for a long time, by inertia, was on the list of red dates in the post-Soviet space. .

The Day of the Defender of Ukraine (Fatherland) coincides with the great Orthodox feast of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin on October 14. On the same day, the Ukrainian Cossacks celebrate their birth, and this is an old tradition. It is not for nothing that since the Zaporozhian Sich there has been an unofficial name – Cossack Protection. Ukrainians have believed and still believe that the Protection of the Mother of God is a Heavenly Shield that protects the Fatherland from enemy plagues and invasions. During the restoration of Ukraine’s independence, the military symbolism of the Intercession was adopted by Ukrainian soldiers.

The initiator of the last name change was the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Maryna Bardina, who drew attention to the growing role of women in the defense of Ukraine. If in 2008, the politician notes, there were about 1,800 women in the Ukrainian army, now their number is 31,757. 317 people’s deputies agreed to change the name of the holiday to a more correct one. Thus, the bill for № 2325 came into force.

Taking this opportunity, we sincerely congratulate on a truly national holiday – the Day of the Defender of Ukraine – all those who, one way or another, contributed to the noble cause of defending our country, wish them good health and prosperity, new achievements and victories.

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