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A Aero L-39 Albatros during the 2007 parade in Rapla.

Võidupüha or Victory Day in English is a Public holiday in Estonia which takes on June 23. It has been celebrated since 1934. The holiday marks the victory of Estonia in the Battle of Cēsis by the Baltische Landeswehr on June 23, 1919.


The battle was part of the 1918–1920 Estonian War of Independence, where Estonia was fighting the USSR. On June 23, 1919, Major General Major Ernst Põdder ordered his day-to-day command of the day that "the victories won over our stagnant and surrendered enemy, in cities and in the countryside, flags and armed units in the local garrisons were set up." [1] On February 16, 1934, the Riigikogu decided to turn the 23rd of June into a national holiday. The holiday was banned by the new soviet authorities in Estonia after the USSR re-established Soviet rule over Estonia in 1944. It became legal to celebrate Võidupüha again after Estonia regained its independence. The first celebrations of the holiday took place in 1992, in the Kadrioru Castle yard. Celebrations of Võidupüha has been organized by the Estonian Defense League since 2000.[2]


Madis Kallas in Kuressaare during the Võidupüha celebrations, June 23, 2014.

Annual military parades have taken place in honor of Võidupüha in different cities of Estonia.

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