- On 10 May 2011
Victory Day in Russia!
May 9th marks Victory Day in Russia, arguably the main holiday, which unites the whole nation in celebrating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany! This was the day when World War II, or the Great Patriotic War as Russians call it, ended.
WW II for many Russian's is a heart touching topic, especially here in St. Petersburg, which is all understandable considering the losses the Soviets suffered. The war was cruel and merciless. Russians to this day consider the Soviet defeat of the fascist invaders to be one of the greatest feats in history.
Historians argue about the real number of losses of the Soviet Union and Germany. According to official figures, the Soviet Union lost 6.8 million soldiers "that were killed, died of wounds in captivity, from diseases, accidents, or court-martialed," along with 4.4 million who were captured or missing in action. When including the loss of civilian population, the total demographic losses were 26.6 million people!
The victory over Germany reminds everyone of the heroism and patriotism of all the defenders of Russia. Victory Day is not celebrated only by veterans, but by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as the whole population, as this is a celebration in honor of all of those who presented peace to the world.
Celebrations include several parades with veterans, current troops and military equipment to display Russia's strength, as well as laying wreaths at memorials and monuments, festivals, concerts, and ending with a large firework display.
To the right is a picture of Nevsky Prospekt from yesterday's celebrations. Have a look at all the people on the streets celebrating.