Victory Day around the world in 2020

Victory Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Victory Day?
This holiday next takes place in 263 days in Israel.
  Dates of Victory Day around the world
2021 Various May 9, May 10
ArmeniaSun, May 9National Holiday
AzerbaijanMon, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
BelarusSun, May 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, May 9Regional Holiday
GeorgiaSun, May 9National Holiday
IsraelSun, May 9National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
Kyrgyzstan May 9, May 10
KyrgyzstanMon, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
KyrgyzstanSun, May 9National Holiday
MoldovaSun, May 9National Holiday
RussiaSun, May 9National Holiday
SerbiaSun, May 9National Holiday
Tajikistan May 9, May 10
TajikistanMon, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
TajikistanSun, May 9National Holiday
UkraineSun, May 9National Holiday
2020 Various May 8, May 9, May 11
ArmeniaSat, May 9National Holiday
AzerbaijanMon, May 11National Holiday (in lieu)
BelarusSat, May 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSat, May 9Regional Holiday
GeorgiaSat, May 9National Holiday
IsraelFri, May 8National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, May 11National Holiday (additional day)
Kyrgyzstan May 9, May 11
KyrgyzstanMon, May 11National Holiday
KyrgyzstanSat, May 9National Holiday
MoldovaSat, May 9National Holiday
Russia May 9, May 11
RussiaMon, May 11National Holiday (in lieu)
RussiaSat, May 9National Holiday
SerbiaSat, May 9National Holiday
Tajikistan May 9, May 11
TajikistanMon, May 11National Holiday (additional day)
TajikistanSat, May 9National Holiday
UkraineMon, May 11National Holiday (additional day)
2019 Various May 9, May 10
ArmeniaThu, May 9National Holiday
AzerbaijanThu, May 9National Holiday
BelarusThu, May 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaThu, May 9Regional Holiday
GeorgiaThu, May 9National Holiday
IsraelThu, May 9National Holiday
Kazakhstan May 9, May 10
KazakhstanFri, May 10National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanThu, May 9National Holiday
Kyrgyzstan May 9, May 10
KyrgyzstanFri, May 10National Holiday
KyrgyzstanThu, May 9National Holiday
MoldovaThu, May 9National Holiday
Russia May 9, May 10
RussiaFri, May 10National Holiday (bridge day)
RussiaThu, May 9National Holiday
SerbiaThu, May 9National Holiday
TajikistanThu, May 9National Holiday
UkraineThu, May 9National Holiday
2018 Various May 9
ArmeniaWed, May 9National Holiday
AzerbaijanWed, May 9National Holiday
BelarusWed, May 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaWed, May 9Regional Holiday
GeorgiaWed, May 9National Holiday
IsraelWed, May 9National Holiday
KazakhstanWed, May 9National Holiday
KyrgyzstanWed, May 9National Holiday
MoldovaWed, May 9National Holiday
RussiaWed, May 9National Holiday
SerbiaWed, May 9National Holiday
TajikistanWed, May 9National Holiday
UkraineWed, May 9National Holiday
2017 Various May 8, May 9
Armenia May 8, May 9
ArmeniaTue, May 9National Holiday
ArmeniaMon, May 8National Holiday (bridge day)
AzerbaijanTue, May 9National Holiday
BelarusTue, May 9National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaTue, May 9Regional Holiday
GeorgiaTue, May 9National Holiday
KazakhstanTue, May 9National Holiday
Moldova May 8, May 9
MoldovaTue, May 9National Holiday
MoldovaMon, May 8National Holiday
Russia May 8, May 9
RussiaTue, May 9National Holiday
RussiaMon, May 8National Holiday (bridge day)
SerbiaTue, May 9Not A Public Holiday
TurkmenistanTue, May 9National Holiday
Ukraine May 8, May 9
UkraineTue, May 9National Holiday
UkraineMon, May 8National Holiday (bridge day)
  Summary
Celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War
  Which countries observe Victory Day in 2020?
Armenia  ArmeniaMay 9National Holiday
Azerbaijan  AzerbaijanMay 11National Holiday (in lieu)
Belarus  BelarusMay 9National Holiday
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaMay 9Regional Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaMay 9National Holiday
Israel  IsraelMay 8National Holiday
Kyrgyzstan  KyrgyzstanMay 9, May 11National Holiday
Moldova  MoldovaMay 9National Holiday
Russia  RussiaMay 9National Holiday
Russia  RussiaMay 11National Holiday (in lieu)
Serbia  SerbiaMay 9National Holiday
Tajikistan  TajikistanMay 9National Holiday
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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.

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