Victory Day

Victory Day Quick Facts - EU

AKA NameVõidupüha
Related Hashtags#Estonia, #Kuressaare, #MJInnocent, #Ukraine, #Võidupüha
2023 Date23 June 2023
2024 Date23 June 2024
Victory Day (EST)

Victory Day (EST) History

Victory Day in Estonia commemorates the final battle before the collapse of the von der Goltz Army and Estonian victory. Throughout much of 1918 and 1919, General van der Gotz's army attempted to advance into the Baltic nations, ultimately occupying . On 23 June, van der Gotz's army was defeated and Estonia's borders were restored. The day also serves to remember the Soviet occupation and those who fought against the occupation and harsh treatment that led to many deaths.

Victory Day in Estonia is celebrated annually on 23 June. It was first celebrated in 1934 but was subsequently suspended while under Soviet rule until 1992. Today, it is a remembrance day that serves to honour those who fought for Estonia, for democracy and for freedom.

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Victory Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1920, the Tartu Peace Treaty between Estonia and Soviet Russia marked Estonia's independence.
  • Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Victory Day has been an important holiday to help rebuild Estonian identity and nationality.
  • The Finnish, British, Latvians, Danes and Swedes all stepped up and helped the Estonians in their War of Independence.
  • The final battle was called the Battle of Vonnu, it occurred near present day Cesis, Latvia.
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering - Napoleon Bonaparte

Victory Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Light a traditional Victory Day Bonfire. On the morning of 23 June, the nation's President lights the Victory flame which is then carried out to every country to light bonfires during the short night. This holiday runs into Midsummer Day.
  • Generate awareness on social media by using hashtags #VictoryDayEstonia, #Voidupuha and #EstoniasQuestforIndependence.
  • Read a book about Estonia's history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to better understand the impact of the war and independence. Some of our favourites include: Estonia, Estonia and Estonians, Estonian Life Stories and The Baltic States.
  • Indulge in traditional Estonian dishes to celebrate the day. Enjoy rye bread with garlic/cucumber sauce, bean soup, saurerkraut stew and kama dessert.
  • Do some sport. Take part in the Parnu County Victory Day Marathon. A torch is carried by runners in memory of the soldiers who have lost their lives for Estonia.

Victory Day References and Related Sites Estonian Independence

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