Accession Day (Jammu and Kashmir)
|Observed by||Jammu and Kashmir, India|
|Next time||26 October 2016|
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. In some areas, the festivities are as big as those of Diwali.
Views of Separatists
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.
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