Accession Day (Jammu and Kashmir)
|Observed by||Jammu and Kashmir, India|
|Next time||26 October 2015|
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. Festivities of the day include holding rallies, bursting of firecrackers, singing India's national anthem, and raising the flag of India. In some areas, the festivities are as big as those of Diwali. However, Kashmiri separatists, call for the observance of a "Black Day" following "Accession Day" in order to express their disapproval of the Indian Army entering into Kashmir on 27 October 1947, the latter of which was requested by Sheikh Abdullah, the governor of Jammu & Kashmir, to drive out Pathan tribesmen who had invaded the region. However, some Kashmiri separatists call for the observance of a "Black Day" following "Accession Day" in order to express their disapproval of the Indian Army entering into Kashmir on 27 October 1947.
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Sheikh Abdullah, who was listening to this debate from an anteroom, at once scribbled a note for Mr. Nehru requesting him to send the artmy to save Kashmir from the invaders. On the battlefield, the National Conference volunteers were working shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indian army to drive out the invaders. On December 31, 1947, India filed a complaint with the United Nations against the Pakistani aggression and its help to the invading tribesmen.