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Independence/National Days

Definition: Independence or National Days are perhaps the most important day for a country to commemorate as a national holiday.

For many nations the date is the country's day of independence, often in hard fought battles to claim their freedom.

Some national holidays commemorate a significant day in the history of the country, or the birth of a national hero who helped establish the day the country's independence was declared.

The following list signifies the month each country listed below celebrates Independence Day, National Day or other significant day.

January
Camaroon - Independence Day January 1
Haiti - Independence Day January 1
Western Samoa - Independence Day January 1
(Celebrated on June 1)
Sudan - Independence Day January 1
Burma - Independence Day January 4
Chad - Independence Day January 11
Australia - Australia Day January 26
Nauru - Independence Day January 31

February

Ceylon/Sri Lanka - Independence Day February 4
New Zealand - New Zealand Day February 6
Grenada - Independence Day February 7
Iran - National Day February 11
Lithuania - Independence February 16
Kosovo - Independence February 17
Gambia - Independence Day February 18
Dominican Republic - Independence Day February 27
March
Wales - National Day - St. David's Day March 1
Morocco - National Day March 3
Mauritius - Independence Day March 12
Hungary - Memorial Day March 15
Ireland - St. Patrick's Day March 17
Liechtenstein - St. Joseph's Day March 19
Pakistan - Pakistan Day March 23
Greece - Independence Day March 25
Bangladesh - Independence Day March 26
April
Senegal - Independence Day April 4
Denmark - Queen's Birthday April 16
Syria - Independence Day April 17
Zimbabwe/Rhodesia - Independence Day April 18
Austria - Founding of the Second Republic April 27
Sierra Leone - Independence Day April 27
Togo - Independence Day April 27
Japan - Emporer's Birthday April 29
The Netherlands/Holland - Queen's Birthday April 30 Israel - Independence Day April or May
May
Czechoslovakia - Anniversary of Liberation May 9
Laos - Constitution or National Day May 11
Paraguay - Independence Day May 14
Israel - Independence Day May 15
Norway - Constitution Day May 17
Cuba - Independence Day May 20
Argentina - Revolution Day May 25
Jordan - Independence Day May 25
Guyana - Independence Day May 26
June
Tunisia - National Day June 1
United Kingdom - Queen's Birthday June - the UK does not celebrate one particular national holiday
Italy - Republic or Constitution Day June 2
Seychelles - Independence Day June 5
Sweden - National Day June 6
Portugal - National Day June 10
The Philippines - Independence Day June 12
Iceland - Republic Day June 17
Kuwait - National Day June 19
Luxembourg - Grand Duke Day June 23
Croatia - Independence Day June 25
Mozambique - Independence Day June 25
Malagasy Republic/Madagascar - Independence Day June 26
Djibouti - Independence Day June 27
Republic of Congo/Kinshasa - Independence Day June 30
Zaire - Independence Day - June 30
July
Burundi - Independence Day July 1
Canada - Canada Day July 1
Ghana - Republic Day July 1
Rwanda - Independence Day July 1
Somalia - Independence Day July 1
United States of American - Independence Day July 4
Venezuela - Independence Day July 5
Malawi - Independence Day July 6
Argentina - Independence Day July 9
Bahamas - Independence Day July 10
Mongolia - Revolution Day July 11
Sao Tome and Principe - Independence Day July 12
France - Bastille Day July 14
Iraq - Republic Day July 14
South Korea - Constitution Day July 17
Colombia - Independence Day July 20
Belgium - Independence Day July 21
Egypt - National Day July 23
Ethiopia - Emperor's Birthday July 23
Liberia - Independence Day July 26
Maldive Islands - Independence Day July 26
Peru - Independence Day July 28
August
Dahomey - Independence Day August 1
Switzerland - Confederation Day August 1
Upper Volta - Independence Day August 5
Bolivia - Independence Day August 6
Jamaica - Independence Day First Monday in August
Ivory Coast - Independence Day August 7
Singapore - National Day August 9
Ecuador - Independence Day August 10
Pakistan - Independence Day August 14
Republic of Congo/Brazzaville - Independence Day August 15
India - Independence Day August 15
Cyprus - Independence Day August 16
Gabon - Independence Day August 17
Indonesia - Independence Day August 17
Afghanistan - Independence Day August 18
Uruguay - Independence Day August 25
Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day August 31
Malaysia - Merdeka Day (Freedom Day) August 31
September
Libya - Revolution Day September 1
Vietnam - National Day September 2
Qatar - Independence Day September 3
San Marino - Anniversary of Founding September 3
Swaziland - Independence Day September 6
Brazil - Independence Day September 7
Andorra - National Festival September 8
North Korea - Founding Day September 9
Bulgaria - Liberation Day September 9
Costa Rica - Independence Day September 15
El Salvador - Independence Day September 15
Guatemala - Independence Day September 15
Honduras - Independence Day September 15
Nicaragua - Independence Day September 15
Mexico - Independence Day September 16
Papua-New Guinea - Independence Day September 16
Chile - Independence Day September 18
Belize - Independence Day September 21
Malta - Independence Day September 21
Mali - Republic Day September 22
Saudi Arabia - National Day September 23
Yemen - National Day September 26
Botswana - Independence Day September 30
October
People's Republic of China - National Day October 1-2
Nigeria - Independence Day October 1
Guinea - Independence Day October 2
Lesotho (Basutoland) Independence Day October 4
Fiji - Cession Day around October 7
Germany - Unification of West Germany and East Germany October 3 1990
Uganda - Wasteland Day October 9
Republic of China/Taiwan - National Day October 10
Spain - National Day October 12
Zambia - Independence Day October 24
Iran - Birthday of the Shah October 26
South Vietnam - Republic Day October 26
Saint Vincent and Grenadines - Independence Day October 27
Turkey - Republic Day October 29
November
Algeria - Revolution Day November 1
Panama - Independence Day November 3
Dominica - Independence Day November 3
Soviet Union - Revolution Day November 7
Cambodia - Independence Day November 9
Poland - Independence Day November 11
Angola - Wasteland Day November 11
Rhodesia - Independence Day November 11
Saudi Arabia - The King's Coronation November 12
Comoros - Independence Day November 12
Monaco - National Fete November 19
Lebanon - Independence Day November 22
Suriname - Independence Day November 25
Albania - Coors Day November 28
Mauritania - Independence Day November 28
Southern Yemen - Coors Day November 29
Yugoslavia - Republic Days November 29-30
Barbados - Independence Day November 30
December
Romania - Independence Day December 1 Central African Republic - National Day December 1
Thailand - His Majesty's Birthday December 5
Finland - Independence Day December 6
Tanzania - Independence Day December 9
Upper Volta - Republic Day December 11
Kenya - Independence Day December 12
Niger - Independence Day December 18
Nepal - Independence Day December 21

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