As an overseas collectivity under the control of France, French Polynesia observes the same basic holidays’ calendar as does France. This includes 1945 Victory Day on 8 May. This holiday marks the day in 1945 when Germany officially surrendered to the Allied Forces and ended the war in Europe. Thus, it is also called Victory in Europe, or V-E, Day.
|2023||8 May||Mon||Victory Day|
|2024||8 May||Wed||Victory Day|
|2025||8 May||Thu||Victory Day|
|2026||8 May||Fri||Victory Day|
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Parades, patriotic speeches by public officials, and the flying of the French tri-colour flag are common on Victory Day in French Polynesia. Some may visit war memorials or attend special solemn ceremonies to remember those who gave their lives for the Allied Cause during the Second World War.
Although the initial surrender of Nazi Germany began on 7 May, there were several phases to the negotiations so that all was not concluded until almost midnight on 8 May. And further east in Russia, it was already 9 May by that time, which is why some countries celebrate Victory Day on 9 May. But French Polynesia follows the lead of France in keeping it on 8 May along with Western Europe and the USA.
|2022||8 May||Sun||Victory Day|
|2021||8 May||Sat||Victory Day|
|2020||8 May||Fri||Victory Day|
|2019||8 May||Wed||Victory Day|
|2018||8 May||Tue||Victory Day|
|2017||8 May||Mon||Victory Day|