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Victory Day in Israel 2019

Public and National Holiday National Holiday in Israel

On 9 May, Israel and other countries celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War

When is Victory Day?

How long until Victory Day?
This holiday next takes place in 229 Days.
Dates of Victory Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Friday
2019 Thursday
2018 Wednesday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War

On 9 May, Israel and other countries celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War.

History of Victory day

In July 2017, the Israeli Parliament unanimously approved a bill stating that the day on which Europe was victorious over the Nazis in World War II, generally known as Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), will be a national holiday in Israel marked on 9 May.

The bill's explanatory portion states that "as a Jewish State that rose from the ashes, there is great importance to marking this symbolic date, through activities in the education system, the Knesset and the government, which expresses the victory of our spirit."

Israel will mark the holiday on 9 May, as like Russia, it was in the early hours of 9 May 1945 when victory in Europe was declared. Western parts of Europe, such as France, observe the holiday on 8 May.

How is Victory Day celebrated?

A special session of the Israeli parliament and a state memorial ceremony are scheduled to mark Victory Day.

Educational institutions will run commemorative campaigns and municipal corporations will open museum exhibitions that honour the Jewish soldiers' contribution to the victory.

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