The 39th anniversary of the end of World War Two -- also known as VE-Day and the 'Victory over Fascism' -- was celebrated with enthusiasm in many countries on Friday (9 May) this year.
The 39th anniversary of the end of World War Two -- also known as VE-Day and the 'Victory over Fascism' -- was celebrated with enthusiasm in many countries on Friday (9 May) this year. One of the largest and most festive celebrations took place in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, with some 200,000 inhabitants and 60,000 visitors from other parts of the Republic of Slovenia taking part.
In fact the festivities began days in advance, with sports events, which included a "run along the barbed wire of occupied Ljubljana" in which 100,000 people participated, and a horse race in national costume.
The carnival atmosphere of the occasion was a unique experience for many inhabitants of Ljubljana, with the streets decorated to an extent that has not been seen since the end of World War Two.
On Friday a monument to national hero Stane Rozman was unveiled in the centre of Ljubljana. Rozman was the first commander of the Slovenian Partisan Army and died in 1944 while testing new equipment.
On Saturday (10 May) a central celebration was held in the city's Revolution Square, with about 140,000 people taking part. A monument depicting the Slovene fight for freedom was unveiled by Mr. Sergei Kraigher, President of the Praesidium of the Republic of Slovenia.