The Day of the Baptism of Kievan Rus-Ukraine (Ukrainian "The Day of the Baptism of Kievan Rus-Ukraine") is a public holiday in Ukraine, which has been celebrated in the country since 2008. It falls on July 28, the day when the Russian Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, who laid the foundation for the Christianization of Ancient Russia.
In June 2008, the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to hold a special festive service on this day, and also turned to the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus with a proposal to include this day among the state memorable dates. The Ukrainian authorities were the first to respond to it. In many ways, this was facilitated by the activities of the International Public Organization "The Day of the Baptism of Russia", which has been operating in Ukraine since 2006 and unites representatives of science, culture, business, the clergy and the intelligentsia.
For the first time, a new holiday in Ukraine was celebrated in 2007 - so far unofficially. But already in July 2008, a Presidential Decree was issued on the establishment of a state holiday "The Day of the Baptism of Kievan Rus - Ukraine." This year, the celebrations turned out to be especially large-scale in connection with the anniversary date - the 1020th anniversary of the baptism of Russia.
Today, a number of cultural, theological and educational events are usually timed to coincide with the holiday, designed to unite the fraternal Slavic peoples - Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians. Their main goal is to strengthen in the public mind the idea of the baptism of Russia as a special historical date in the life of the Slavic peoples.
In Russia, this holiday - the Day of the Baptism of Russia - is also a state holiday.