On May 9, some former Soviet Republics and some other countries celebrate Victory Day. It is a public holiday that commemorates the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the USSR in World War II.
May 9 is Europe Day in the countries of European Union. This day is also known as Schuman Day and it commemorates the creation of the EU's forerunner.
In November 2004, May 8– 9 were declared as a time of remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War.