Kazakhstan Victory Day: May 9
Victory Day is a public holiday in Kazakhstan.
To celebrate the end of World War II, Kazakhstan, one of the original constituent countries of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), proclaimed May 9 as the official end of World War II in Eurasia and is know as Victory Day.
History of Kazakhstan Victory Day
Kazakhstan has contributed a lot in USSR’s effort to defeat Nazi Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. In fact, five national divisions were contributed to USSR’s military personnel coming from Kazakh’s Soviet Socialist Republic military reserves.
The day after Germany formally signed the instrument of surrender after its ratification on May 8, 1945, USSR states which includes Kazakhstan celebrated victory over Nazi Germany. It has been considered as a national holiday since 1946 until today.
Kazakhstan Victory Day: Traditions, Customs and Activities
Traditional military parade is seen on the street of Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital. Cultural events are also held during the day and other parades with contingents coming from schools and other government institutions in Kazakhstan. Although considered a national holiday, the celebration is not as grand as other public holidays in the country.