Vijay Diwas - December 16
Sat, Dec 16, 2023

Vijay Diwas

Vijay Diwas symbolizes India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. Today we remember all those who bravely defended their native lands and forever remain heroes in our hearts. The population gathers at various commemorative events to honor the fallen and express gratitude for their courage.


Tension between Pakistan and India had been building for some time, with East Pakistan at the heart of the dispute. In September 1971, Indian troops initiated primary operations in the border areas. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced the destruction of 13 Pakistani tanks near Bogra. Pakistani forces retaliated with shelling, leading to many civilian casualties. Indian forces also conducted night raids, destroying strategic airfields and facilities.

After 13 days of fighting, the war ended. The surrender of Pakistan was officially recorded in Dhaka on 16 December, and Bangladesh was born. Vijay Diwas was first celebrated many years later by the Ministry of Defense of India. To this day, military holidays remain the most significant for the nation.

Interesting facts

  • Indira Gandhi was the only woman in power during the war.
  • The Pakistani spirit during the conflict was greatly inferior to the Indian.
  • India demonstrated its ability to fight on multiple fronts.
  • At the end of the war, 93,000 Pakistani soldiers were taken into captivity before being sent home.
  • In 1972, regular negotiations between the two countries were held, allowing them to learn from past mistakes.

How to take part

To commemorate Vijay Diwas, take time to learn about the historical facts surrounding the event. Watch documentaries and take note of interesting moments. Attend events dedicated to the occasion or watch online, and take a moment to reflect and honor the brave soldiers who defended their land.

When is Vijay Diwas celebrated in 2023?

Vijay Diwas is observed on December 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday December 16 2023
Monday December 16 2024
Tuesday December 16 2025
Wednesday December 16 2026

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