Accession Day (Jammu and Kashmir)

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Accession Day
Observed by Jammu and Kashmir, India
Date 26 October
Next time 26 October 2015 (2015-10)
Frequency annual

Accession Day is a holiday in India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir, commemorating 26 October 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh signed of the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined the Dominion of India. The "Accession Day" is observed in Kashmir as "Black Day" in order to express disapproval of the Indian occupation and violation of human rights by the Indian army in Kashmir. [1][2]However in some parts of Jammu the day is celebrated and festivities of the day include holding rallies, bursting of firecrackers, singing India's national anthem, and raising the flag of India.[3][4][5]