Kiev: Today, November 21, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Dignity and Freedom.
Note that this is a celebration in honor of the beginning of two revolutions: the Orange Revolution (2004) and the Revolution of Dignity (2013).
This holiday was celebrated as Freedom Day from 2005 to 2011. During the time of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, his celebration was actually canceled by combining it with the Council Day on January 22.
In 2014, President Petro Poroshenko restored his official status, since then Ukraine has simultaneously celebrated the anniversaries of the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan.
The purpose of introducing a memorable date, according to the decree, was to establish in Ukraine the ideals of freedom and democracy, to preserve and convey to modern and future generations objective information about the fateful events in Ukraine at the beginning of the 21st century.
As you know, on November 21, 2013, people came to the main square of the capital - Independence Square - in protest against the decision of the government during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych to stop Ukraine’s course towards European integration.
On the night of November 29-30, the security forces brutally dispersed activists on the Maidan of Independence, mainly students. The authorities explained this by the desire to clear a place for the New Year tree. The use of brute force on the part of the authorities, in turn, entailed an even greater wave of protests, which grew into a Revolution of Dignity.