Liberation day Netherlands
On May 5, 2021, Liberation Day Netherlands will take place in the Netherlands on Liberation Day. It is a public holiday in the Netherlands, celebrated annually on May 5th, and celebrates the end of the German occupation in World War II. The celebrations are connected with commemorations, which are initiated by the Nationale Dodenherdenking (National Memorial Day) the day before.
On May 5, 1945, the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz negotiated the surrender of the German troops in the Netherlands in the ruins of the largely bombed Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. Blaskowitz asked for 24 hours to think about it. On the following day, May 6, 1945, the prepared surrender conditions were signed in the assembly hall of the agricultural college near the hotel.
After the liberation it was decided to celebrate the Liberation Day every five years. It was not until 1990 that the date of May 5 was set and declared an annual holiday commemorating the German and Japanese occupations. Since then, the day has been set as a public holiday in the Dutch General Time Limits Act (? Algemene Termijnenwet?).
In many other European countries, however, May 8, the day of the unconditional surrender of the Germans, is celebrated as the end of the Second World War. (With material from: Wikipedia)
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When is the Liberation Day?
Wednesday May 5, 2021