What Do You Celebrate on May 9th? Our Readers Have Spoken

On May 9th, a survey conducted on our media's Facebook page sparked significant interest and engagement, shedding light on how people commemorate this historically significant day. The survey asked participants, "What do you celebrate today?" referring to the dual observances of Europe Day and Victory Day. Out of 87 respondents, 64 chose "Europe Day" (approximately 73.6%), while 23 selected "Victory Day" (about 26.4%).

Europe Day: A Celebration of Unity and Cooperation

Europe Day, celebrated annually on May 9th, marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950, which laid the groundwork for the European Union. This day symbolizes the values of unity, peace, and cooperation across the continent. In Bulgaria, the day is celebrated with various events led by President Rumen Radev and Vice President Iliana Yotova. They honor the occasion by laying flowers at the Monument to the Unknown Warrior, commemorating both Europe Day and the 79th anniversary of Victory over Nazism.

Events across Bulgaria include a public discussion on European dialogue, military rituals, the unveiling of a peace monument, and a festive concert organized by the European Commission. Cultural highlights, such as the "Literary Europe" exhibition, further emphasize the importance of this day.

Victory Day: Remembering the Triumph Over Nazism

Victory Day, also observed on May 9th, marks the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. While former Soviet states officially celebrate this day, the European Union and the United States commemorate Victory over Germany Day on May 8th. Despite the difference in dates, the essence of remembrance remains the same, honoring those who fought against fascism.


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