Dignity and Freedom Day is an official holiday that will be celebrated for the third time in Ukraine on November 21, 2017.
On November 13, 2014 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Decree 872/2014 "On the Day of Dignity and Freedom", which set an annual celebration on November 21 the Day of Dignity and Freedom.
"Ukraine is the territory of dignity and freedom originated from two revolutions – our Maidan of 2004, which was the Holiday of Freedom, and the Revolution of 2013, the Revolution of Dignity. It was an extremely difficult challenge for Ukraine, when Ukrainians demonstrated their Europeanness, dignity and desire for freedom. As President of Ukraine, I must documentarily attest it and sign the Decree on the Day of Dignity and Freedom that will be celebrated by Ukrainians on November 21 from here to eternity," the President said.
The Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU was to have been signed at a summit meeting of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius held trough November 28-29, 2013. However, on November 21, Ukrainian government decided to stop the preparation for signing the Association Agreement. On the same day, late at night, people started gathering at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv to protest against this government's decision.