Victory Day in Georgia
Every year on May 9, Georgia pays homage to the 1945 victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany. The surrender document was signed in Berlin late at night on May 8, 1945. Due to the time difference, it was already May 9 in Moscow. Consequently, Victory Day was celebrated throughout the Soviet Union on May 9, and while some countries now observe the holiday on May 8, the original date has held fast in Georgia.
Vake Park in Tbilisi is the central celebration site for Victory Day. Flowers are laid in front of the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to the Georgian soldiers who fought and died in World War II. People gather to celebrate at the memorial and honor the elderly veterans in attendance. The celebrations are accompanied by concerts and cultural events. Similar ceremonies take place across the nation, although on a smaller scale.