Mayotte celebrates Victory Day every 8 May, along with France and much of Europe and the world. This optional holiday on Mayotte’s holiday calendar marks the end of World War II in the European theatre due to the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.
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You can see the usual traditions for celebrating Victory Day carried on in Mayotte. This may include a parade, political speeches and special church services. Not everyone gets the day off work, but many do. So some shops may be closed for all or part of the day.
After France fell to Germany in 1940 during World War II, Madagascar became a centre of conflict between Free and Vichy French forces. Mayotte was a part of Comoros at the time, and Comoros was a part of the French colony of Madagascar. In 1942, the UK invaded Madagascar to prevent it from falling fully into Vichy hands. In 1943, the UK gave the colony over to Free French administration.
Thus, Mayotte has a real connection to the victory achieved on 8 May in 1945. Plus, 95 percent of the people voted to become an overseas department of France, a major player in the Second World War, in a 2009 referendum.