National Day

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Independence or Death, famous painting from Pedro Américo that celebrates the Independence Day of Brazil.
In monarchies (such as here in Sweden) the head of state will often ride through the streets and greet citizens on National Day.

The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal, etc.). Often the day is not called "National Day" but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday.

Some countries have more than one National Day. For example, Pakistan has three National Days, none of which is named the "National Day". This signals the use of a "class" of National Days, that are equally important in the foundation of the nation, and a "class" of less important official public holidays.

Importance attached to the National Day as well as the degree to which it is celebrated vary greatly from country to country. For example, Spain's National Day Fiesta Nacional de España is held on 12 October, the day celebrated in other countries as Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, and commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.[1] A military parade is held in Madrid celebrating the occasion.[1] The National Day in France is 14 July and known as the Fête nationale (known outside of France as Bastille Day) commemorating the Storming of the Bastille,[2] which is considered the start of the French Revolution.[3] It is widely celebrated and the French Tricolour is much in evidence, while the President of the Republic attends a military parade on the Champs-Élysées of Paris. In the United States, the Independence Day celebrations on 4 July are widely celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics and barbecues. In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March, has been the National Day and a Public Holiday for many years. However, in the United Kingdom the constituent countries' patron saints' days are low-key affairs. In recent times campaigns have commenced to promote the National Days of England, Scotland and Wales, with St. Andrew's Day being designated as an official bank holiday when the Scottish Parliament passed the St Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007. A National Day for the United Kingdom has also been proposed in recent years.

Most countries have a fixed date National Day, but some have movable dates. An example here is Jamaica, which up to 1997 celebrated its National Day on the first Monday in August. This commemorated independence from the United Kingdom which was attained on Monday, 6 August 1962, the first Monday in August of that year. Israel's Independence Day is not fixed relative to the civil Gregorian calendar, being formally linked to 5 Iyar on the Jewish calendar, but may also be moved to any day between 3 and 6 Iyar in order to avoid preparing for or celebrating either Independence Day or Memorial Day (which immediately precedes Independence Day) on Shabbat; the practical effect of this is that Independence Day may be celebrated any day between 15 April and 15 May. Another example is Thailand which celebrates the birthday of the king on 5 December. This date will change on the accession of the heir to the throne.

Most national days can be categorized in two large blocks:

  • Newer countries that celebrate their national day as the day of their independence.
  • Older countries that use some other event of special significance as their national day.

Denmark and the United Kingdom are among the few countries that do not have designated national days.

List of National Days[edit]

Map of reasons for national days

Places which are not sovereign states are followed by the state on which they are dependent.

Date Nation National Day
1 January  Cuba Liberation Day, Fidel Castro takes power in 1959 (and Spanish rule ends 1899)
1 January  Haiti Declaration of independence from France 1804
1 January  Sudan Independence from the United Kingdom and the Egyptian Republic 1956
8 January  Northern Mariana Islands (United States) Commonwealth Day, the constitutional government takes office 1978
9 January  Serbia Serbian Republic Day celebrated in Republika Srpska
17 January  Minorca (Spain) Alfonso III of Aragon took the island from Muslims, 1287
26 January  Australia Australia Day, date of the founding of Sydney, the first European settlement in Australia, 1788
26 January  India Republic Day, Adoption of the Constitution of India,[4] 1950
31 January  Nauru Independence from the Australia, NZ, and UK-administered UN trusteeship 1968
4 February  Sri Lanka Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1948, still under name of Ceylon
6 February  New Zealand Waitangi Day, signing of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840
7 February  Grenada Independence from United Kingdom 1974
11 February  Iran Victory of Islamic Revolution
11 February  Japan National Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in year 660 BC
11 February   Vatican City Foundation of Vatican City
15 February  Serbia The beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule 1804, first constitution 1835
16 February  Lithuania Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day, declaration of independence from Russia and Germany 1918
17 February  Kosovo see 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
17 February  Libya The revolution against El-Gazafi
18 February  Gambia Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1965
18 February    Nepal Martyr's Day
23 February  Brunei
23 February  Guyana Republic Day, also known as Mashramani, republic 1970
24 February  Estonia Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Russia 1918
25 February  Kuwait National Day
26 February  Kuwait Liberation Day (from Iraq 1991
27 February  Dominican Republic Independence from Haiti 1844
28 February  Andalusia (Spain) Dia de Andalucia
1 March  Bosnia and Herzegovina Dan nezavisnosti; Proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia in 1992
1 March  South Korea Declaration of independence of modern Korea and the March 1st movement
1 March  Wales (United Kingdom) St. David's Day, patron saint
3 March  Bulgaria Liberation Day, autonomy within Ottoman Empire 1878
6 March  Ghana Independence from the United Kingdom 1957
8 March  Syria Independence from The Ottoman Empire and declaration of The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state in 1920
12 March  Mauritius Independence from the United Kingdom 1968, republic 1992
15 March  Hungary 1848 Revolution memorial day
17 March  Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) St. Patrick's Day
17 March  Republic of Ireland St. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland
18 March  Aruba Kingdom of the Netherlands) (Flag Day: autonomy within the Netherlands in 1945
20 March  Tunisia Declaration of independence from France 1956
21 March  Kurdistan Nawroz, Kurdish New Year celebrated on the spring equinox
21 March  Namibia Independence from South African mandate 1990
23 March  Pakistan Pakistan day, the Pakistan resolution passed in Lahore
25 March  Greece Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire 1821
26 March  Bangladesh Independence Day, declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971
31 March  Malta Freedom Day, withdrawal of British troops from Malta 1979
31 March  United States Virgin Islands (US) (Transfer Day, transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States 1917
3 April  Guinea Independence from France 1958 on 2 Oct
4 April  Senegal Independence from France 1960
17 April  American Samoa US) (Flag Day
17 April  Syria Evacuation Day, from France 1946
18 April  Zimbabwe Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1980; it had previously declared independence as Rhodesia in 1965
23 April  Aragon (Spain) St George's Day, patron saint
23 April  England (United Kingdom) St George's Day, patron saint of England. Not a bank holiday
25 April  Italy Partisans liberate Genoa, Milan and Tourin from German troops in 1945
27 April  Mayotte (France) abolition of slavery day (regional only)
27 April  Netherlands Kingsday, King Willem-Alexander's birthday
27 April  Sierra Leone Republic Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1961
27 April  Togo Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship 1960
27 April  South Africa first democratic general election 1994
28 April  Sardinia (Italy) Sa die de sa Sardinia (Sardinia's Day) celebrating the uprising of 28 April 1794
1 May  Marshall Islands Constitution Day, 1979
3 May  Poland Swieto Konstytucji 3 Maja, Constitution Day, 1791
5 May  Netherlands country) (Liberation Day, from Nazi Germany in 1945
9 May  Jersey (British Islands) Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
9 May  Guernsey (British Islands) Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
9 May  Alderney (British Islands) Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
9 May  Herm (British Islands) Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
9 May  Sark (British Islands) Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
14 May  Israel date varies according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar (Yom Ha'atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948
14 May  Paraguay Independence Day (Día de Independencia), declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
17 May  Norway Constitution Day, the signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814
20 May  Cameroon National Day, creation of a unitary state 1972
20 May  East Timor Independence from Indonesia in 2002
21 May  Montenegro independence on the referendum in 2006
22 May  Martinique (France) abolition of slavery day (regional only
22 May  Yemen Unity Day or National Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990
24 May  Bermuda (United Kingdom) Originally Queen Victoria's birthday; now "Bermuda Day" to celebrate the islands' heritage and culture
24 May  Eritrea Eritrean rebels enter the capital Asmara 1991; independence from Ethiopia 1993
25 May  Argentina First Patriotic Government, the Spanish viceroy is removed and replaced by the Primera Junta during the May Revolution
25 May  Jordan Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946; the parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their king 1946
25 May  Lebanon Resistance and Liberation Day from Israel 2000
26 May  Georgia Day of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia 1918
27 May  Guadeloupe (France) abolition of slavery day (regional only
28 May  Armenia Republic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
28 May  Azerbaijan Republic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
28 May  Ethiopia Downfall of the Derg Day, the Derg regime is defeated 1991
28 May    Nepal Nepal a federal republic 2008, earlier the king's birthday
29 May  Nigeria Democracy Day, return of democracy 1999
30 May  Anguilla (United Kingdom) Anguilla Day; the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967
1 June  Samoa Independence Day, from New Zealand 1962
2 June  Italy Festa della Repubblica, Italy is voted a republic in 1946 – Giuseppe Garibaldi died on this date in 1882
4 June  Tonga Emancipation Day abolition of serfdom 1862, independence from the United Kingdom 1970
5 June  Denmark no official National Day) (Constitution of 1849
6 June  Sweden Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden 1523, the constitutions of 1809 and 1974
7 June  Malta Sette Giugno, bread riot of 1919 where 4 Maltese men died
8 June  Norfolk Island (Australia) second settlement established (everybody from the Pitcairn Islands)
2nd Saturday in June  Montserrat (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  Saint Helena (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  Ascension (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom)
2nd Saturday in June  United Kingdom does not have a recognized national day (see proposed British national day), although the Queen's Official Birthday (which is declared annually, usually falling on the second Saturday in June ) is sometimes considered as such, for example, in British diplomatic institutions overseas
10 June  Portugal Portugal Day, "Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities", National Poet Luís de Camões dies in 1580
12 June  Philippines Araw ng Kalayaan), Philippine Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1898
12 June  Russia Russia Day, declaration of sovereignty in 1990, (law priority over Soviet Union laws
14 June  Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) 14 June (Liberation Day, the end of the Falklands War 1982
17 June  Iceland National Day, founding of republic and dissolution of personal union with Denmark 1944
18 June  Seychelles National Day: the return of a multi-party democracy to the Seychelles in 1993
21 June  Greenland (Denmark) (Longest Day of the Year) (The National Day was introduced in 1983 as one of the Home Rule's traditions and is thus one of several expressions of national identity, which is also reflected in the flag, clothing, national anthem and language
23 June  Luxembourg the Monarch's birthday
24 June  Québec National Holiday, since 1977; also celebration of John the Baptist, patron saint of French Canadians, since 1834
24 June  Malta Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Feast of St. John The Baptist, Patron Saint
25 June  Croatia Statehood Day, declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
25 June  Mozambique Independence from Portugal 1975
25 June  Slovenia (Statehood Day), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
26 June  Madagascar Independence from France 1960
27 June  Djibouti Independence from France 1977
30 June  Democratic Republic of Congo Independence from Belgium in 1960
1 July  British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
1 July  Burundi Independence from Belgium in 1962
1 July  Canada Canada Day, Canada a confederation of four provinces 1867
1 July  Hong Kong (China) Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1997
1 July  Madeira Madeira Day (Autonomy from Portugal
1 July  Rwanda Independence from Belgium in 1962
1 July  Somalia Foundation of the Republic, from Italy and the formation of Somali Republic 1960
1st Monday in July  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)
2 July  Curaçao Kingdom of the Netherlands) (the first elected island council is instituted 1954
3 July  Belarus Independence Day, liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944
4 July  United States Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain 1776
5 July  Venezuela Independence Day, declaration of independence from Spain 1811
5 July (usual date)  Isle of Man (British Islands) (Tynwald Day, Tynwald (parliament) annual meeting
6 July  Comoros Independence from France 1975
6 July  Lithuania Statehood Day, establishment of the medieval Lithuanian kingdom by Mindaugas in 1253.
6 July  Malawi Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1964; and Republic Day 1966
7 July  Solomon Islands Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1978
9 July  Palau Constitution Day, the world's first nuclear-free constitution 1981; "nuclear-free" dropped in 1994 in order to become an associated state to the United States in the Compact of Free Association
9 July  Argentina Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1816
9 July  South Sudan Independence Day, from Sudan 2011
10 July  Bahamas Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973
11 July  Mongolia Naadam Holiday, declaration of independence from China 1921 Naadam is also celebrated in China by both Han Chinese and Mongols without political attachments).
12 July  Kiribati Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
12 July  Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) Battle of the Boyne Day
12 July  São Tomé and Príncipe Independence from Portugal 1975
13 July  Montenegro recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin 1878
14 July  France Bastille Day, 14 July 1789; Fête de la Fédération, 14 July 1790
14 July  French Guiana (France) (Fête de la Fédération)
14 July  Guadeloupe (France) Bastille Day
14 July  Martinique (France) Bastille Day
14 July  Mayotte (France) Bastille Day
14 July  New Caledonia (France) Bastille Day
14 July  Réunion (France) Bastille Day
14 July  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) Bastille Day
20 July  Colombia Declaration of independence from Spain 1810
21 July  Belgium Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831
21 July  Guam (US) (Liberation Day, Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam (1944)
23 July  Egypt Revolution Day, the revolution of 1952
25 July  Puerto Rico Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952.

Formerly Invasion Day (1898

26 July  Liberia Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847
28 July  Peru Declaration of independence from Spain in 1821
29 July  Faroe Islands (Denmark) (Ólavsøka (Saint Olaf's death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030): opening of the Løgting (parliament) session
30 July  Vanuatu Independence Day, from the United Kingdom and France 1980
1 August  Benin Independence from France in 1960
1 August   Switzerland National Day, alliance against the Holy Roman Empire 1291, between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden
4 August  Burkina Faso change of name from Upper Volta in 1984
4 August  Cook Islands Self-government in free association with New Zealand 1965
5 August  Burkina Faso Independence Day, from France in 1960
1st Monday in August  Jamaica Independence from the United Kingdom 6 August 1962
6 August  Bolivia Proclamation of Republic (independent from Spain) in 1825
7 August  Côte d'Ivoire Independence from France 1960
9 August  Afghanistan Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919
9 August  Singapore National Day), Gained independence from Malaysia 1965
10 August  Ecuador Proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809
11 August  Balochistan (Pakistan) Independence from India in 1947
11 August  Chad Independence from France in 1960
14 August  Pakistan Independence Day, independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947
15 August  India Independence Day, from the British Empire 1947
15 August  South Korea both the liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Gwangbokjeol) and the declaration of the South Korean state in 1948
15 August  Liechtenstein The Hereditary Prince becomes Regent 2004
15 August  Republic of the Congo Independence from France in 1960
16 August  Dominican Republic Restoration Day, independence from Spain in 1865
17 August  Gabon Independence from France in 1960
17 August  Indonesia Proclamation of Independence day, (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.), from Japan and the Netherlands 1945
20 August  Hungary St. Stephen's day
24 August  Ukraine Independence from the Soviet Union 1991
25 August  Uruguay Día de la Independencia, declaration of independence from Brazil 1825
27 August  Moldova Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991
29 August  Slovakia Slovak National Uprising Day, start of a Slovak uprising against Nazi Germany in 1944
30 August  Kazakhstan Constitution Day, approval of the independent constitution in 1995
30 August  Tatarstan Declaration of independence from the RSFSR in 1990
30 August  Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom Constitution Day, 1976
31 August  Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, declaration of independence from the USSR in 1991
31 August  Malaysia Hari Merdeka, independence (within the Commonwealth) from the United Kingdom in 1957
31 August  Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1962
1 September  Slovakia Constitution Day, independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993
1 September  Uzbekistan Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
2 September  Transnistria Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Moldova in 1990
2 September  Vietnam National Day, declaration of independence from France and China in 1945
3 September  San Marino Independence from the Roman Empire in year 301 (traditional date)
6 September  Swaziland Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1968
7 September  Brazil Dia da Independência, declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822
8 September  Andorra Our Lady of Meritxell Day, patron saint of Andorra
8 September  Republic of Macedonia Independence Day (Den na nezavisnosta), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
9 September  North Korea declaration of a democratic people's republic in 1948
9 September  Tajikistan Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
10 September  Belize Independence from Spain in 1798, alternatively celebrated as Battle of St. George's Caye Day) [5]
10 September  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) Gibraltar National Day, people of Gibraltar vote to reject Spanish sovereignty or association 1967
11 September  Catalonia (Spain (loses its nominal independence and constitutions after the fall of Barcelona 1714
12 September  Cape Verde
15 September  Costa Rica Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
15 September  El Salvador Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
15 September  Guatemala Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
15 September  Honduras Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
15 September  Nicaragua Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
16 September  Malaysia Malaysia Day, the formation of Malaysia
16 September  Mexico Grito de Dolores, declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
16 September  Papua New Guinea Independence from Australia in 1975
18 September  Chile the first Government Junta is created 1810
19 September  Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence from the United Kingdom 1983
21 September  Armenia Independence from the Soviet Union recognised in 1991
21 September  Belize Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
21 September  Malta Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
22 September  Mali Independence from the Mali Federation in 1960
23 September  Saudi Arabia unification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz in 1932
24 September  Guinea-Bissau Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
30 September  Botswana Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
1 October  People's Republic of China National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of People's Republic of China 1949
1 October  Cyprus Independence Day 1960
1 October  Hong Kong (China) National Day of the People's Republic of China
1 October  Macau National Day of the People's Republic of China
1 October  Nigeria Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1960 (and becoming a republic in 1963
1 October  Tuvalu Independence Day, independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975 and from the United Kingdom in 1978
3 October  Germany German Unity Day, unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
3 October  Iraq Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932
3 October  South Korea Gaecheonjeol, the ancient Korea founded in 2333 BC
4 October  Lesotho Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
6 October  Egypt Armed Forces Day, the beginning of the October War in 1973
10 October  Fiji Fiji Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
10 October  Taiwan Double Ten Day commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to abolishment of monarchy in China and founding of the Republic of China in 1911
12 October  Equatorial Guinea Independence from Spain in 1968
12 October  Spain Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America in 1492
19 October  Niue
23 October  Hungary 1956 Revolution memorial day
24 October  Zambia Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
25 October  Basque Country (Spain) Day of the Basque Country) (official from 2011
25 October  Kazakhstan Republic Day, declared sovereign republic within the USSR 1990
26 October  Austria The Neutrality Constitution of 1955
27 October  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1979
27 October  Turkmenistan Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
28 October  Czech Republic Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) in 1918
28 October  Greece Ohi Day, rejection of the Italian ultimatum in 1940
29 October  Turkey Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami), republican constitution in 1923
1 November  Algeria start of the War of Independence in 1954
1 November  Antigua and Barbuda Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
3 November  Dominica Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 (discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493)
3 November  Micronesia Independence Day, from the US-administered UN Trusteeship 1979
3 November  Panama Separation Day, declaration of independence from Colombia 1903
4 November  Tonga National Day [formerly Constitution Day] 1875
9 November  Cambodia Independence from France in 1953
11 November  Angola Independence from Portugal in 1975
11 November  Poland Swieto Niepodleglosci, Independence Day, restoration of independence from Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia in 1918
11 November  Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
15 November  Palestine
15 November  Northern Cyprus Declaration of independence from the Cyprus in 1983
18 November  Latvia Declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
18 November  Morocco Independence from France in 1956
18 November  Oman birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman
19 November  Monaco the levée of Prince Albert II in 2005
22 November  Lebanon Independence from France in 1943
25 November  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Statehood celebrated in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the 1st session of the State's Antifascist Council of National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1943
25 November  Suriname Independence Day, from the Netherlands in 1975
26 November  Mongolia Independence Day, 1924
28 November  Albania "Dita e Pavarësisë", declaration of independence from Ottoman rule in 1912
28 November  Mauritania Independence Day, from France in 1960
30 November  Barbados Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1966
30 November  Scotland (United Kingdom) St. Andrew's Day, patron saint of Scotland, now a bank holiday in Scotland
Late Nov/Dec  Myanmar 10th day following the full moon of the month of Tazaungmone (beginning of Student led protests against British colonial government in 1920
1 December  Central African Republic autonomous territory within the French Community 1958
1 December  Romania Union Day, unification with Transylvania in 1918
2 December  Laos National Day, people's republic declared 1975
2 December  United Arab Emirates National Day, formation of federation of seven emirates on independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
3 December  Saba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
5 December  Thailand birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
6 December  Finland Independence Day, declaration of independence from Russia 1917
9 December  Tanzania Independence Day 1961
12 December  Kenya Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1963; Republic Day, (Jamhuri Day), 1964
13 December  Malta Republic Day, republican constitution of 1974
13 December  Saint Lucia National Day, independence from United Kingdom 1979; the saint's day
15 December  Kingdom of the Netherlands Kingdom day, signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1954
16 December  Bahrain Accession Day for the late Amir Sh. Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
16 December  Bangladesh Victory Day, the day the Bangladesh Liberation War ended in 1971
17 December  Bhutan Ugyen Wangchuck elected hereditary king in 1907
18 December  Niger Republic Day, autonomous state within the French Community from 1958
18 December  Qatar Official National Day Qatar National Day; the assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani in 1878
20 December  French Guiana (France) abolition of slavery day
20 December  Macau Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
20 December  Réunion (France) abolition of slavery day (regional only)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Molina A. de Cienfuegos, Ignacio; Martínez Bárcena, Jorge; Fuller, Linda K. (Ed.) (2004). "Spain: National Days throughout the History and the Geography of Spain". National Days/National Ways: Historical, Political, and Religious Celebrations around the World: 253. ISBN 978-0-275-97270-7. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bastille Day - Celebrate French Ancestry". Genealogy.about.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ "French Bastille Day in Australia. France's national day". Frenchdesire.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ "India celebrates Republic Day". news.com.au. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  5. ^ September Celebrations of Belize

External links[edit]

  • Flags by Louis, a blog about flags updated daily to show different national days