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Victory Day

Public and National Holiday National Holiday in some East European countries

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When is Victory Day?

How long until Victory Day?
This holiday next takes place in 285 Days.
Dates of Victory Day
Year Weekday Date
2018 Wednesday May 9th
2017 Tuesday May 9th
2016 Monday May 9th
2015 Saturday May 9th
Who observes Victory Day?
Armenia Armenia Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Belarus Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (regional)
Georgia Georgia Israel Israel
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Moldova Moldova
Russia Russia Serbia Serbia
Ukraine Ukraine
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War

On 9 May Russia and other countries celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War (also referred to as 'The Great Patriotic War' in Russia).

History of Victory day

Russia lost over 20 million people in the war.

Victory day is about remembering those who gave their lives to achieve the victory.

9 May was chosen, as it was already the next day when the German military surrendered to the Soviet Union and its Allies in Berlin late in the evening of 8 May 1945.

How is Victory Day celebrated?

Given the loss of life it remembers, it is generally a solemn and sombre day.

It is celebrated by military parades (with the major one taking place in Moscow), concerts, fireworks, recognition of veterans (who usually dress up for the occasion) and food and drink.

The first military parade took place on 9 May 1965, marking 20 years since the victory over Nazi Germany. This is also when Victory Day became a public holiday and became a major event.

As it is quite close to May Day, many Russians take the opportunity to have some extra time off and have a two week break.

Related Links

France France: V-E Day


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