Russian Victory Day – National Holiday 9th May 2016 | Russian visa

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Russians celebrate the victory day in Russia on 9th May. Russian Victory Day symbolizes the surrender of Germany to the Soviet Union in the year 1945. This victory was achieved after the bloodiest war in the history of Russia.

The month of May is full of celebrations in Russia. The month starts with the spring and Labor Day holiday. There is a national holiday on the occasion of victory day in Russia on 9th May. The Public offices, schools and most businesses are closed to celebrate this day.

Victory Day parade held in Moscow

Victory Day parade held in Moscow

The highlight of the victory day celebration is the local military parade. The biggest parade is showcased in the Moscow Red Square by Russian Military forces. After Parade, there are wonderful fireworks.

Putin Speech Symbolizes Gratitude

There is a special speech by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin on Russian victory day. He expresses the gratitude towards the people who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin is giving speech on the victory day on 9th May, 2015

Russian President, Vladimir Putin is giving speech on the victory day in Russia on 9th May, 2015

“The Great Victory will always remain a heroic pinnacle in the history of our country. But we also pay tribute to our allies in the anti-Hitler coalition.

We are grateful to the peoples of Great Britain, France and the United States of America for their contribution to the Victory. We are thankful to the anti-fascists of various countries who selflessly fought the enemy as guerrillas and members of the underground resistance, including in Germany itself.” (The Saker – 10 May, 2015)

Victory Day 2016 in Russia

Like every year, this year there is a grand parade in Moscow's Red Square on Monday, 9th May 2016. This was the 71st anniversary of the victory of Russians over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Russian Servicemen march during the Victory Day Parade, marking the 71st anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II

"Russia Showcased its modernised military war machine in a grand parade in Moscow's Red Square. An advanced air-defence missile system used to protect Russia's military base in Syria was also on display, as were some of the fighter jets that have flown missions in that war-torn country." (ALJAZEERA - 9th May, 2016)

Russian Servicewomen marched during the Victory Day Parade held on Monday, 9th May, 2016

Russian Servicewomen marched during the Victory Day Parade held on Monday, 9th May, 2016

This is for the first time that Russian servicewomen took part in the Victory Day parade. The servicewomen also came forward to celebrate the defeat of Nazis in World War II.

In this year speech of Russian President, Vladimir Putin mostly talked about the significance of defeating Nazis. He further talked about the need to fight against terrorism in cooperation with other countries.

There is a great portrayal of patriotism by the people of Russia. People are crying during the commemoration. After the parade, People started celebrating this day in their own way. Some people go for friends and  family gathering, outings and much more.

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Russians carrying pictures of people who died in War

There is tradition on the victory day to present usually red carnations flowers to veterans. Some schools also host programs in which students prepare different songs and poetry from wartime. This is all organized by schools and students to pay tribute to the army.

Like every festival in Russia, there are many people who celebrated the day with a great feast at home to honor the surviving witness of the World War II.

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