Victory Day is a commonly used name for public holidays in various countries, where it commemorates a nation's triumph over a hostile force in a war or the liberation of a country from hostile occupation. In many cases, multiple countries may observe the same holiday, with the most prominent united celebrations occurring in states that comprised the Allies of World War II, celebrating the defeat of Nazi Germany.

People gathered in Whitehall to hear Winston Churchill's victory speech and celebrate Victory in Europe, 8 May 1945

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¹ Countries celebrating the same Victory Day of the Soviet Union
² Countries celebrating the same Victory Day over Pakistan
³ Countries celebrating the same Victory in Europe Day of the Allies of World War II

State Holiday Date Observed Relationship Ref.
  Afghanistan Mujahideen Victory Day 28 April 1992–present Soviet–Afghan War [1]
  Algeria Victory Day of Algeria [ar] 19 March 1962–present Algerian War [2]
  Armenia Victory Day¹ 9 May 1995–present World War II [3]
  Azerbaijan Victory Day 8 November 2020–present 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War [4]
  Bangladesh Vijay Dibas² 16 December 1971–present Bangladesh Liberation War [5]
  Belarus Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–present World War II [6]
  Bosnia–Herzegovina Victory Day¹ 9 May World War II
  China Victory over Japan Day 3 September 1946–present World War II [7][8]
  Croatia Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day 5 August 2003–present Croatian War of Independence [9]
  France Victory in Europe Day³ 8 May 1945–present World War II
  Estonia Võidupüha 23 June 1934–1939; 1992–present Estonian War of Independence [10]
  Georgia Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–present World War II
  India Vijay Diwas² 16 December 1972–present Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 [11]
Kargil Vijay Diwas 26 July 2000–present Indo-Pakistani War of 1999 [12]
  Israel Victory in Europe Day (Israeli)³ 9 May 2018–present World War II [13]
  Italy Liberation Day 25 April 1946–present World War II
  Kazakhstan Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–present World War II [14]
  Kyrgyzstan Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–present World War II
  Malta Victory Day 8 September Great Siege of Malta, French blockade, World War II [15]
  Moldova Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–present World War II [16]
  Mozambique Lusaka Accord Day 7 September 1975–present Mozambican War of Independence [17]
  Netherlands Liberation Day 5 May 1990–present World War II
  North Korea Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War 27 July 1973–present Korean War [18]
  Poland Victory Day¹ 9 May 1945–2014 World War II [19]
Victory in Europe Day³ 8 May 2015–present World War II [19]
  Russia Victory Day¹ 9 May 1995–present World War II [citation needed]
  Serbia Victory Day¹ 9 May 1995–present World War II [citation needed]
  Sri Lanka Victory Day 18 May 2010–2014 Sri Lankan Civil War [20]
Remembrance Day 18 May 2015–present Sri Lankan Civil War [20]
  Turkey Victory Day 30 August 1926–present Turkish War of Independence [21]
  Ukraine Victory Day¹ 9 May 1991–2015 World War II [22]
Victory Day over Nazism in World War II 9 May 2016–present World War II [22]
  United Kingdom Victory in Europe Day³ 8 May 1945–present World War II [citation needed]
  Vietnam Reunification Day 30 April 1976–present Vietnam War [22]

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  9. ^ "Law on Holidays, Remembrances and Non-working Days in the Republic of Croatia" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 21 November 2002. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
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  11. ^ Chatterjee, Debjani (16 December 2020). "Vijay Diwas 2020: Key Facts That Led To India's Victory In 1971 War". NDTV.com. Retrieved 26 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Bose, Joydeep (26 July 2021). "Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: India to honour fallen heroes, 559 lamps lit in Ladakh". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 26 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  14. ^ "Holidays and weekends in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2019". Government of Kazakhstan. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Victory Day 2022, 2023 and 2024". Public Holidays Global Pty Ltd. 2022. Archived from the original on 12 April 2022.
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  17. ^ "Victory Day in Mozambique in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
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  19. ^ a b "Poland celebrates National Victory Day". Radio Poland. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 31 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Sri Lanka shift on civil war anniversary". BBC. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Turkey marks Victory Day as Erdoğan vows resistance against 'increasing threats'". Ankara: Hurriyet Daily News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  22. ^ a b c "Ukraine celebrates Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II". UNIAN. 9 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.