China, 13 May 2015
In a statement today on the Chinese government's website, the State Council has announced that there will be a national holiday on 3 September for this year’s celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.
The notice goes on to say "The move aims to allow people around the country to participate in activities to commemorate China’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the victory in the World Anti-Fascist War".
Beijing had earlier announced plans for a large military parade on the day, and in 2014, this holiday was given national holiday status. It is currently unclear whether this will be a one-off holiday to mark the 70th anniversary or if it will be repeated annually.
The full title of the holiday is 'The 70th anniversary of Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War Victory Commemoration Day', which is how the second world war is referred to in China.
Japan signed the formal surrender on 2 September 1945 and China commemorates Victory day on the day after.
Upcoming public holidays in China
|20 June 2015||Dragon Boat Festival|
|21 June 2015||Dragon Boat Festival Holiday|
|22 June 2015||Dragon Boat Festival Holiday|
|03 September 2015||Victory Day|
|04 September 2015||Victory Day Holiday|
|27 September 2015||Mid Autumn Festival|
|01 October 2015||National Day|
|02 October 2015||National Day Holiday|
|03 October 2015||National Day Holiday|
|04 October 2015||National Day Holiday|