Victory Day

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Victory Day


(Prazdnik Pobedy), a holiday celebrated by all the peoples of the USSR. It is held every year on May 9 to mark the Soviet people’s victory over fascist Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45.

Victory Day was established by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on May 8, 1945. A decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on Apr. 26, 1965, proclaimed it an official holiday. On Victory Day the minister of defense of the USSR issues the traditional proclamation, and artillery salutes are fired in the capital of the USSR— the hero-city Moscow—and the capitals of the Union republics, the hero-cities, the hero-fortress of Brest, and the cities of Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok.

Victory Day (Our Lady of Victories Day)

September 8
This national holiday in Malta celebrates the lifting of two sieges:
In 1565, the Hospitallers, or the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, with 6,000-9,000 men, held Malta against a four-month siege by some 29,000 Ottoman Turks. The onslaught left half the knights dead, but the Turks didn't fare well either—the knights used the heads of Turkish captives as cannonballs, and the defeat of the Turks humbled the Ottoman Empire. (Malta was under the control of the knights, a religious and military order of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to tending the sick and poor and warring against Muslims, from 1530 until June 1798, when Napoleon took possession of the island.)
During World War II, the island fought off Axis powers (Germany and Italy) despite three years of severe air bombardment. In April 1942, air-raid alerts averaged about 10 a day; the ruins included the Royal Opera House in Valletta, destroyed by a German bomb. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called Malta "our only unsinkable aircraft carrier."
On April 15, 1942, England's King George VI awarded the island of Malta the George Cross, Britain's highest decoration for civilian gallantry, to "honour her brave people ... to bear witness to a heroism and devotion which will long be famous in history." This was the first time a medal was conferred on any part of the commonwealth. At this time, Britain also declared that self-government would be restored at the end of hostilities.
The holiday is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and a colorful regatta and boat races in the Grand Harbour at Valletta. A highlight of the boat races is that of the dgnajsas, oared taxi boats with painted designs. They are thought to date back to Phoenician times (800 b.c.e.).
See also Malta Independence Day
Malta National Tourist Office
65 Broadway, Ste. 823
New York, NY 10006
212-430-3799; fax: 425-795-3425
AnnivHol-2000, p. 151

Victory Day (Russia)
May 9
Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9 people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II.
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
202-298-5700; fax: 202-298-5735
AnnivHol-2000, p. 79
FestWrld: Russia-1997, p. 13

Celebrated in: Russian Federation

References in periodicals archive ?
30, Victory Day, will only be marked by wreath-laying activities and commemorations.
During the Victory Day celebrations this Saturday the same rationale was at work -- let's 'isolate' Putin.
Unlike Europe where it is celebrated on May 8, Victory Day in Russia is celebrated on May 9 as Germanys surrender was signed late in the evening on May 8, 1945 when it was already May 9 in Russia.
2015 marks exactly 450 years since the Great Siege of 1565 in which Maltese Christian knights battled an army of Turks for control over the city and it's the perfect time to visit with celebrations particularly strong on September 8, Victory Day.
Since the Victory Day 92 years ago, the Turkish Armed Forces have continued to stand ready to defend Turkey and help maintain regional and international peace.
Aziz Ahmad Sarbaz, said based on a presidential decree on Mujahedeen's Victory Day on May 8, a total of 1007 inmates had been freed.
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea -- Sailing into this Black Sea port Friday amid a jubilant spectacle of fighter jets and warships, President Vladimir Putin celebrated the return of Crimea to Russia as "historic justice'' during a Victory Day display of military pomp and patriotism.
When I flipped to page 13, I saw the picture of a flag-hoisting ceremony by the Bangladesh Ambassador and out of the three sentences mentioned below that picture, the first and second sentences read: "A flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Bangladesh Embassy to mark the Victory Day.
We will celebrate Victory Day 2013 with a service of remembrance to honour British and Russian victims of the Second World War.
Summary: The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent greeting cables to President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman on the occasion of his country's Victory Day, and to Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the occasion of his country's Independence Day.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul tweeted from his hospital bed on Thursday to reassure Turks he was recovering from an ear infection which forced him to cancel a Victory Day reception as well as several overseas trips.
He performed at St Petersburg's 2010 victory day parade.