Vijay Diwas is celebrated on December 16 every year to observe Indian military’s victory over Pakistan in 1971. On this day, India defeated Pakistan in the war fought for the liberation of Bangladesh. Pakistan’s army surrendered at the end of the 13-day war that led to the formation of Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, as an independent country.

Bangladesh celebrates its independence day on
December 16.

Indian citizens, army personnel, war veterans, and students remember
the sacrifices of the soldiers of the 1971 war and pay tribute to martyrs, who laid
down their lives for the country.

In New
Delhi, all the three army chiefs and three wings of Indian
armed forces pay respect to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate and the National Military Memorial in Bangalore.

The India
Gate was constructed to pay tribute to Indian soldier’s victory in 1971 war.

This year,
a delegation of 58 Mukti Joddhas (freedom fighters) and serving officers of
Bangladesh Armed forces on Monday arrived in Kolkata after the Eastern Command
invited them to participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations on December 16.

The Eastern
Command of the Indian Army tweeted “Mukti Jodhas, Delegation members and Army
officers of #Bangladesh arrive at Kolkata to attend Vijay Diwas celebrations at
#EasternCommand”, reported ANI.

The High
Commission of India in Bangladesh also informed about the celebration. They
tweeted “On the invitation of @easterncomd, a delegation of 58 Mukti joddhas
and serving officers of the Bangladesh Armed Force reached Kolkata today to
participate in Vijay Diaws celebrations”, reported ANI.