Liberation Day in Czech Republic in 2020

Liberation Day in Czech Republic in 2020
  How long until Liberation Day?
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  Dates of Liberation Day in Czech Republic
2021Czech Republic Sat, May 8National Holiday
2020Czech Republic Fri, May 8National Holiday
2019Czech Republic Wed, May 8National Holiday
2018Czech Republic Tue, May 8National Holiday
2017Czech Republic Mon, May 8National Holiday
  Summary
Victory in Europe Day marks May 8 1945 when the Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany
  Local name
Den osvobození
  Liberation Day in other countries
Liberation Day internationally
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Liberation Day in Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, this national holiday is also known as Liberation from Fascism Day or Day of Victory (Den vítězství). The day commemorates the Prague Uprising as well as the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied Forces.

When is VE Day?

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.

Traditions of Liberation from Fascism Day in Czech Republic

Events are held across the Czech Republic to commemorate Victory day. Senior politicians will lay wreaths at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill.

Soldiers from Czechoslovakia fought on both the Western and Eastern fronts during World War Two.

Most shops and local stores will be closed for the public holiday; check ahead for schedules at tourist attractions.

A law that came into effect at the end of 2016 specifies eight national holidays when stores larger than 200 square meters have to stay closed applies to this holiday.

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