Independence Day (Belarus)
Belarusian: Дзень Незалежнасці
A commemorative stamp of belarus honoring the 6th anniversary of independence.
|Significance||The day of the liberation of Belarus from the Wehrmacht.|
|Celebrations||Fireworks, Concerts, Parades|
|Next time||3 July 2018|
Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (Belarusian: Дзень Незалежнасці Рэспублікі Беларусь, Russian: День Независимости Республики Беларусь) (Republic Day) is a public holiday, the independence day of Belarus and is celebrated each year on July 3.
History and controversy
July 3, 1944 was also the liberation of Minsk, capital of Belarus from the Wehrmacht during the Minsk Offensive (code-named "Bagration"). The decision to celebrate Independence Day on July 3, the day of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazis, was made during a controversial national referendum held in 1996 proposed by President Alexander Lukashenko.
There is a public debate in Belarus regarding the appropriate date to be considered Independence Day.
Since 1991, the Independence Day was celebrated on July 27, the day of the Declaration of Sovereignty of Belarus. August 25, 1991, after the August events in Moscow, the Belarusian SSR gave the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Republic the constitutional status of the law. On December 10, 1991 the Supreme Soviet of Belarus ratified the Belavezha Accords which formally declared the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Independence was formally received December 26, 1991 in connection with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Since the early 1920s, various Belarusian political movements and the Belarusian diaspora have been celebrating Independence Day on March 25 as the anniversary of the 1918 declaration of independence by the Belarusian Democratic Republic. The date is still widely celebrated by members of the democratic opposition in Belarus and by the diaspora as Freedom Day.
The main event of Independence Day is a solemn military parade. After the official part, the holiday social events start. Throughout the country celebrations and festivities are held. In the evening in Minsk fireworks are arranged. A series of concerts and events are held in Gomel, with a special emphasis on the Belarusian identity.
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- "Independence day celebration in Gomel". Independent Travellers. independent-travellers.com. Retrieved 3 July 2016.