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What Latvia and Europe celebrate on May 8th and 9th

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe end of World War II is officially celebrated in Latvia and Europe on May 8th since 1995. World War II, which lasted 1939-1945, ended this day. Russia, on the other hand, celebrates Victory Day on May 9th.

There is a time difference between Europe’s central and eastern parts. Germany’s capitulation came into force at 23:01 may 8th, 1945. Due to the time difference, it was already 01:01 a.m. May 9th, 1945 in the Soviet Union. This is how May 9th became Victory Day for the Soviet Union and countries part of it, as reported by Cabinet of Ministers.

What is celebrated on May 8th?

-May 8th, 1945 marks the end to World War II in Europe.

-Unlike Western Europe, where European nations acquired independence May 8th, 1945, Latvia did not regain its independence. Independence was returned to Latvia on May 4th, 1990.

-Latvia has been a rightful member of the European Union for tan years. Latvia and the rest of Europe celebrate May 8th as the day Nazism was defeated and World War II ended.

What is celebrated on May 9th?

-My 9th, 1950 is the day then the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman read aloud a declaration to the press. This declaration stated that France, Germany and other European countries are invited to unite their coal and steel manufacturing industries in order to secure peace and improve quality of life.

-Robert Schuman offered to create a special institution that would monitor production of coal and steel (both of which were vital for the military).

-May 9th has a symbolic meaning in Europe’s history, because this date marks the first step towards the formation of the European Union – the project began this day.

-Europe Day is a celebration for all residents of Europe. It symbolizes unity among different countries, even those that once fought each other.

-Latvia also celebrates Europe Day on May 9th.


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