Victory Day is a holiday that commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
Russia will celebrate Victory Day on Monday even as it war Ukraine war enters its third month
Victory Day was first inaugurated in the republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May Moscow Time).
The Soviet government announced the victory early on 8 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.
Although the official inauguration occurred in 1945, the holiday became a non-labor day only in 1965, and only in certain Soviet republics.
The Russian Federation officially recognized 9 May since its formation in 1991 and considers it a non-working holiday even if it falls on a weekend (in which case any following Monday will be a non-working holiday).
The holiday was similarly celebrated there while the country was part of the Soviet Union. Most other countries in Europe observe Victory in Europe Day (often abbreviated to VE Day, or V-E Day), 8 May, as a national remembrance or victory day.