In 2020, Volodymyr Zelensky who became Ukrainian president in May 2019 made the Jewish Rosh Hashanah a Ukrainian public holiday (wrong, see the update at the bottom!) - at least when believing the following German Wikipedia entry:
2020 machte Selenskyj das jüdische Neujahrsfest Rosch ha-Schana zum nationalen Feiertag.
Automatically translated to English:
The Jewish President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, even had Rosh Hashanah declared a national holiday. Much to the delight of the Israeli government, which stressed: "This has such great significance that goes far beyond domestic matters."
Taken from German Wikipedia on Wolodymyr Selenskyj
Was it clear in advance that Voldymyr Zelensky would try to make Rosh Hashanah a national holiday as a president?
Is it at all true that he did this, and was there a parliamentary and/or public debate to decide this, not just a decision of the president?
It turns out that the newspaper text is wrong. I could not know this, believing the sources on Wikipedia which is against all odds an overall reliable site. I was skeptical, though, I also did not understand why that article then changed to mainly the Ukrainian Uman, a town for Jewish pilgrims, and Corona fears, instead of dealing with the the national holiday. Yet, I believed that this new national holiday had been made. It seemed enough to ask a question about it. I have questioned the truth already in the first published question (
Is it at all true that he did this). Since an answer now shows that he at least proposed this, which does not have so much less weight overall, the question is now:
*Was it clear in advance that Voldymyr Zelensky would propose Rosh Hashanah as a national holiday as a president? With "in advance" meaning "before becoming the president".
Is it at all true that he tried this, and was there a parliamentary and/or public debate?*
I thought this Rosh Hashanah would be on 1.1., though it is in September. This mistake does not change the core of the question.