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Victory Day
French Guiana

Victory Day 2019 and 2020

As French Guiana is an overseas department of France, it celebrates Victory Day on 8 May along with France, as with all other French public holidays.

YearDateDayHoliday
20198 MayWedVictory Day
20208 MayFriVictory Day

Victory Day commemorates the end of World War II, which was marked by the formal surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies and the victory speech of Charles de Gaulle on 8 May, 1945.

You can expect to see the French tricolour displayed on public and private buildings alike on Victory Day. And are patriotic speeches, singing of the French national anthem in the streets, parades, special church services, special lessons for school children, and other celebratory actions.

At some events, you may see flags of other nations and the EU flag flying along with the French flag, which is meant to indicate the “lasting peace” for Europe that followed the victory over evil at the end of World War II.

Interestingly, Victory Day was not a French public holiday until 1981, but the idea it stands for was celebrated in other ways and on other days at different points between 1945 and 1981.

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