As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, the holiday is marked annually on Nov. 21 pursuant to the president's decree of Nov. 13, 2014. It is established to commemorate two significant and fateful events in the contemporary Ukrainian history commenced on this day: the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Revolution of Dignity.
The Day of Dignity and Freedom became a kind of successor to the Freedom Day holiday, which was celebrated in honor of the Orange Revolution on Nov. 22 from 2005 to 2011 but was later canceled.
It was on Nov. 21, 2013, when Ukrainians started to hold the first protest actions in response to the decision of the then government to stop the country's European integration and freeze the preparations for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The change in the legislatively enshrined priorities of Ukraine's foreign policy aroused the indignation of Ukrainians.
This is what made the Ukrainians launch peaceful rallies in Kyiv, later followed by protest actions throughout the entire territory of Ukraine. A total of 106 protesters were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded as the criminal authority led by Viktor Yanukovych resorted to a crackdown on the Ukrainians using security and police officers. The Euromaidan events were followed by Russia's cynical annexation of Crimea and military hostilities in Donbas resulting in thousands of killed, wounded and displaced persons.