Ukrainian president shows ecumenical spirit


Union of Orthodox Journalists, 30 July 2020


Ramadan-Bayram, Kurban-Bayram, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukah, and Easter of Christians of the western rite may receive the status of state holidays of Ukraine.


On 30 July 2020, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky instructed the cabinet of ministers to work out the question regarding granting state status to individual religious holidays, the website of the head of state reports.


Order No. 303/2020, signed by Zelensky, speaks about such religious holidays as Ramadan-Bayram, Kurban-Bayram, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukah, Easter of Christians of the western rite, and several others.


A report of the press service of the Office of the President says that "such a proposal is made with the goal of ensuring the constitutional rights and liberties of citizens; the exercise of various rights and opportunities for all believers; and respect for the history, culture and traditions of Ukrainian society as multi-ethnic and multi-confessional."


According to the order, the cabinet of ministers must study this issue and work out proposals in cooperation with the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations and the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, and after that introduce a pertinent draft law into the Verkhovna Rada. (tr. by PDS, posted 30 July 2020)

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