On Tuesday Belarus celebrated Victory Day, the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. Festive events took place in Minsk and other cities and towns.
The day ended with an impressive firework in the memory of the fallen and in honor of life!
Victory Day, marked every year on 9 May, is a big national holiday in Belarus and other ex-Soviet countries.
Large-scale events like parades, ceremonies of laying wreaths to the soldiers’ graves and firework shows are held across the country.
In Belarus the Great Patriotic War – as WWII events are called here – lasted for 3 years, 1 month and 6 days from 22 June 1941 till 28 July 1944.
The biggest battles and military operations of the war on the Belarusian land include the heroic defense of Brest fortress in the first days of the war; defense of Mogilev which would not surrender to Nazis for 23 days and nights; and Bagration, one of the greatest offensive operations in the history of mankind.
Victory Day was pronounced a full-fledged holiday in 1965 when Leonid Brezhnev, the then head of the USSR, made 9 May a non-working day.
It was timed to the 20th anniversary of the end of WWII.
But Victory Day is not just a holiday or a decade-long tradition for Belarusians.
It is a day of memory, a day of paying tribute to those whom we lost in the terrible tragedy that took away one third of the nation and ached with pain in the heart of every Belarusian family…