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On May 9, we celebrate Victory Day. World War II and the Great Patriotic War in particular has had an enormous effect on Russian history that lasts to this day. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that it was represented in dozens of iconic Soviet films. Here is a brief list of our personal recommendations.
With another long weekend knocking on our door, now is the perfect time to start looking ahead to the coming three days of massive celebrations, long-awaited getaways, and exciting events. And as per usual our team will be your ultimate guide to what’s on in St. Petersburg this weekend – and especially on the special date, May 9.
On June 22, 1941, German troops invaded the Soviet Union’s territory, starting the Great Patriotic War. Some 1,418 candles will be lit today at the war memorials around Russia for each day of the war, keeping the memory alive.
On May 9 of each year, Russia celebrates Victory Day – an anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 and the counterpart of VE Day. Since 1965, it has been a public holiday and Victory Parades are held on this day in many cities across the nation. In 2020, however, the pandemic forced authorities to postpone the celebrations. Nevertheless, citizens of St. Petersburg will still be able to commemorate the day, albeit in a “contact-free” manner. Below, you’ll find a retrospective of the Victory Parade in St. Petersburg through the years; scroll to the bottom for a list of events planned for May 9, 2020.
On May 9, 2020 we celebrate victory in the most horrifying war in the history of humanity, the Second World War, for the 75th time. Its history is compiled out of millions of stories about people, cities, villages, institutes, theaters, and museums. Together with the Historical Museum of ITMO University, we would like to share stories about our heroes, as well as challenges and triumphs that our university went through during those four years.
Earlier in the year, the pandemic brought serious changes to the lives of people all over the world and led to the cancellation or rescheduling of many events. Among other things, the epidemiological situation makes it impossible to conduct marches of the “Immortal Regiment,” a tradition that many Russians have already become accustomed to. Its organizers decided to conduct the event online and give people the opportunity to remember their veteran relatives and tell their stories. Specialists from ITMO’s National Center for Cognitive Technologies helped them by proposing to conduct the event online using the framework of their app HowWeSurvive.
Another long weekend, another jam-packed weekend guide full of sun, fun, art, travels, and celebrations of Victory Day!