Story: Public holidays

VE Day rejoicing

The alcohol flowed freely on VE (Victory in Europe) Day, 9 May 1945, as this film of street rejoicing shows. Although formal speeches, services and parades were also held, many people preferred more spontaneous celebrations.

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Reference: Weekly Review 195. National Film Unit, 1945

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Public holidays - Celebrating imperial ties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 19 Apr 2023