Victory Day in Ukraine in 2024

Victory Day in Ukraine in 2024
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Victory Day
  Dates of Victory Day in Ukraine
2025 Ukraine Fri, May 9 National Holiday
2024 Ukraine Thu, May 9 National Holiday
2023 Ukraine Tue, May 9 National Holiday
2022 Ukraine Mon, May 9 National Holiday (additional day)
2021 May 9, May 10
UkraineMon, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
UkraineSun, May 9National Holiday

Celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War

  Local name
День перемоги над нацизмом у Другій світовій війні
  Victory Day in other countries
Victory Day internationally
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Victory Day in Ukraine

The Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II was established as a public holiday by the Law of Ukraine "On the Immortalization of Victory over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945."

When is Victory Day?

On May 9th Russia and a handful of former Soviet Union republics celebrate Victory Day, which marks the day after Nazi Germany surrendered and Soviet forces took control of Berlin, bringing the second world war (also referred to as 'The Great Patriotic War' in Russia) in Europe to an end.

History of Victory Day

The second world war was the deadliest conflict in human history, which saw 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the USSR and China. The Soviet Union alone lost up to 27 million people in the war, nearly 13% of the population at the time.

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

Some countries in Western Europe mark the victory in Europe on May 8th. May 9th was chosen in the Soviet Union, 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 May 8th 1945.

May 9th held no special significance between 1948 and 1964. The first military parade took place on May 9th 1965, marking 20 years since the victory over Nazi Germany. This is also when Victory Day became a public holiday in Russia and in 15 Republics of the Soviet Union. A military parade took place in Red Square. Parades were held again in 1985 and 1990, after which they have been held annually. 

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.

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

Ukraine in the second world war

Ukraine suffered great losses during the second world war, with estimates of deaths varying from 8 to 10 million people, including about 5 million civilians. Over 2 million Ukrainians were taken to the forced labour camps in Nazi Germany. About 10 million people were made homeless by the war with over 700 towns and nearly 30,000 villages being completely destroyed in the fighting.

In Ukraine, the poppy has been adopted as the official symbol to mark the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II.

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