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Victory Day in Russia

Many Russians celebrate Victory Day on May 9. Many people attend a local military parade and watch the fireworks at night on Victory Day. The biggest parade is in Moscow’s Red Square, showcasing Russia’s military forces. 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.

Victory Day

Friday, May 9th, 9pm to Monday, May 12th, 11pm

Russia, Moscow, Red Square


Most veterans wear their medals as they head to the parade or an event organized by a local veteran organization.

A big tradition is to give flowers, usually red carnations, to veterans in the street and to lay wreaths at the war memorial sites. Neighborhood schools may host a program prepared by the students, featuring wartime songs and poetry.

Russian Anthem, Гимн России, Military Parade 2007