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Victory in Europe Day

national and public holidays in France National Holiday in several European countries

V-E Day is a public holiday in several European countries on 8 May

When is VE Day?

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Dates of V-E Day
Year Weekday Date
2018 Tuesday May 8th
2017 Monday May 8th
2016 Sunday May 8th
2015 Friday May 8th
2014 Thursday May 8th
Who observes V-E Day
Country Name
Czech Republic Czech Republic Liberation Day
France France Victoire 1945
Slovakia Slovakia Day of victory over fascism
Ukraine Ukraine* Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation
* Not a public holiday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Victory in Europe Day marks May 8 1945 when the Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) is commemorated on 8 May. It is a national holiday in France known as 'Victoire 1945' or 'La fête de la victoire' and the day is also celebrated as a holiday in several other countries in Europe.

History of VE Day

Victory in Europe Day marks 8 May 1945, on which day the World War II Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, after six years of the bloodiest conflict in human history.

On 30 April 1945, Hitler had committed suicide during the Battle for Berlin.

The surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany, Karl Dönitz.

The administration headed up by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government.

The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May 1945 in Reims, France, and 8 May 1945 in Berlin, Germany.

In 1995, the Early May Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom was moved to 8 May to mark the 50th anniversary of V-E Day.

In Russia and some other East European countries, this event is marked on Victory day on 9 May. It is a day later as the treaty was signed at 10.30pm in the evening in Reims, to come into effect at 11.01pm. As Russia is one hour ahead of Western Europe, this meant it was already 9 May in Russia.

Initially this day was celebrated on 9 May in Slovakia, but is now observed on 8 May.

In the Ukraine from 2015, 8 May was designated as a day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, but it is not a public holiday.

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