Tajikistan and many other former Soviet Republics celebrate Victory Day every 9 May to commemorate the victory of the Allies over the Axis nations in Europe.
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Germany surrendered on 9 May, at least, according to the Russian clock. In the West, Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on 8 May.
In Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital city, a major military parade takes place every year on Victory Day, with the parading regiments passing through Victory Park. And there is also a ceremonial wreath-laying event and a speech of remembrance given by the sitting president of Tajikistan.
Veterans of the “Great Patriotic War”, though now few in number, are honoured on this day. A minute of silence is observed in honour of all those who gave their lives during World War II in the cause of their country. And of the 300,000 residents of Tajikistan who fought in World War II, a full third of them indeed did lose their lives.