Victory Day is one of the most important and revered holidays in the Russian calendar. The war that killed more than 27 million Russian people, and according to some estimates, more than 29 million, did not spare a single Russian (Soviet Union) home from loss of life or injury of a family member.
In Russia, unlike in Europe, Victory Day is celebrated on May 9th. The Act of Surrender was signed on the night of May 9, at 00.43 Moscow time. In Europe, it was still 8th of May.