Kyrgyzstan celebrates “Victory Day” on 9 May – along with Russia and some other former Soviet Republics – to commemorate the triumph of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II.
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A major military parade in Bishkek, the capital city, is the main event. There are military vehicles, Kyrgyz infantry, helicopter and other air force flyovers, and sometimes Russian soldiers as “guest marchers”.
The president of Kyrgyzstan will deliver a speech at Ala-too (Victory) Square in Bishkek, and any veterans who attend will be honoured. There is also a solemn ceremony where the president lays down a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument in Victory Square.
But besides the parade and the display of the national flag in profusion, there are also horse games that go on in Bishkek during Victory Day. The horsemanship that is so ingrained in culture is on full display. There are robust games, contests, and performances that will fill up the whole stadium.