Accession Day (Jammu and Kashmir)

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Accession Day
Observed by Jammu and Kashmir, India
Date 26 October
Next time 26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)
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 festivities of the day include holding rallies, bursting of firecrackers, singing India's national anthem, and raising the flag of India.[1][2][3] In some areas, the festivities are as big as those of Diwali.[4][5][6]

Views of Separatists[edit]

The "Accession Day" is observed as "Black Day" by separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and followers of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in protest of alleged human rights violations by Indian army and the Indian "occupation" of Jammu and Kashmir.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Accession day is our national day: Jammu Bar". Greater Kashmir. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Jammu all set to celebrate accession day". Sify. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ "J&K Accession day celebrations in J&K". GroundReport. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ "J-K Accession Day to be celebrated as Diwali: BJP". Rediff. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Accession Day to be celebrated as Diwali: BJP". Hindustan Times. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Jammu celebrates Accession Day". The Tribune. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kashmir observes Black Day". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "Kashmir's Black Day".