Monday, May 9, 2011

The Day of a Million Flowers

Today is Victory Day in Ukraine and many of the countries of the former Soviet Union.

The Soviet Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet states). It was first inaugurated in the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (9 May by Moscow Time). It happened after the original capitulation that Germany earlier agreed to the joint Allied forces of the Western Front. The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin. Though the official inauguration happened in 1945 (which means it has been celebrated since 1946), the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in some of the countries.

This year is likely to be smaller than last year's 65th anniversary of Victory Day, the celebration day of the end of World War 2 in Eastern Europe. But it will still be big enough.

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