Victory Day

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July 5, 2022

Victory Day is the common name of many different holidays in different countries to commemorate victories in important battles or wars in that country's history.

Cambodia

This national holiday is held every January 7 to commemorate the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

Vietnamese

April 30 is an annual holiday in Vietnam to commemorate the fall of Saigon in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War. It is commonly known as y Day (Ngày Chiến thắng), Reunification Day (Ngày Thống nhất), or Liberation Day (Ngày Giải phóng). In Vietnam, May 7, 1954 marked Vietnam's victory over French troops at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. This victory ended 80 years of French colonialism and the start of Vietnam's independence.

Europe

Victory Day marked the end of World War II in Europe, in particular the capitulation of Nazi forces to the Allies (Britain, Canada, Soviet Union, France, United States and other major Allied nations) on 8 May 1945. The Channel Islands were not liberated from German occupation until May 9 (Jersey and Guernsey), May 10 (Sark), and May 16 (Alderney).

Soviet Union

In Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union, Victory over Nazi Germany is celebrated on May 9. Several countries of the former Soviet Union, notably Russia, have continued this tradition. Serbia celebrates May 9 as a national holiday. Although not a member of the Warsaw Pact, Serbia was allied with the Soviet Union as a member of the Yugoslav Federation, and was also occupied by German troops from 1941 to 1944. In many cities people gather in squares with Serbian soldiers to celebrate with war veterans.

Sri Lanka

Victory Day marks the end of the Tamil Tiger separatist actions in Sri Lanka, particularly after the capitulation of the Tamil Tiger forces with the Sri Lankan Armed Forces on 18 May 2009.

Estonia

Võidupüha or Victory Day is a public holiday in Estonia, celebrated on June 23 every year since 1934. The date commemorates the victory at the 1919 Battle of Võnnu (near Cēsis, Latvia) between Estonian military forces (and the North Latvian brigade) and their allies. over German troops (Baltische Landeswehr) who attempted to reassert German-Baltic control over the area. The fighting was part of the 1918-1920 Estonian War of Independence, in which the main enemy of newly independent Estonia was Communist Russia. Today, Võidupüha also marks the contribution of all Estonians in their struggle to regain and maintain their independence. This celebration is held every June 23 and is followed by Midsummer Day celebrations on June 24. According to Estonian law, the country's flag is not lowered on the nights between these days.

North Korea

North Korea celebrates Victory Day in the Great Patriarch's War of Liberation because it is believed that they won the Korean War. It is celebrated every 27 July.

Croatia

Croatia celebrates Victory and Thanksgiving Day for the Fatherland and Defender of Croatia Day on 5 August, commemorating the Croatian War of Independence, in particular the liberation of Knin on 5 August 1995.

Turkey

Victory Day (local name: Zafer Bayramı) on August 30 is a national holiday in Turkey to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, one of the final and most decisive battles of the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.

Mozambique

Victory Day on September 7 is a national holiday in Mozambique to commemorate the signing of the agreement to end the Mozambique War of Independence. This treaty was signed between Portugal and Mozambique in 1974, with independence granted in 1975. In Portuguese, Mozambique's official language,