Victory Day marks Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945. It became the end of the Great Patriotic War for the USSR, which lost about 25 million citizens in the four years of fighting. Interestingly, until its 20th anniversary (May 9th, 1965), Victory Day was not a major holiday, unlike, for instance, May 1st, and was considered a work day. Apart from the anniversaries in 1965 and 1985, Victory Day celebrations in the Soviet Union did not feature a military parade. This tradition started in 1995.
Many people celebrate Victory Day on May 9th. On this day, TV networks broadcast World War II -inspired films, younger generations honor veterans, and the festivities culminate in a military parade at Moscow’s Red Square.
Happy Victory Day to all!