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Armed Forces Day in Taiwan – September 3, 2019

Taiwan annually celebrates Armed Forces Day on September 3. This day celebrates victory over Japan in World War II. At the same time this holiday is known as Victory over Japan Day, that is celebrated in the People’s Republic of China.

Japan surrendered in World War II on August 15th, 1945, but official act was signed only on September 2nd, 1945. This day is known as an official day of the end of the war. The government of the Republic of China announced the three-day celebration of this event.

September 3rd was proclaimed to be Victory of War of Resistance against Japan Day. In 1955 this holiday became known as Armed Forces Day in Taiwan. The mainland China recognized September 3rd only as Victory over Japan Day. Armed Forces Day is not a public holiday. Ministry of State Security annually decides, whether this day will be an official day off for the servicemen or not. Although this holiday may be a usual working day, different events are organized at institutions. Schools may hold celebrating activities.

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