Liberation Day

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Liberation Day is a day, often a public holiday, that marks the liberation of a place, similar to an independence day. Liberation marks the date of either a revolution, as in Cuba, the fall of a dictatorship, as in Portugal, or the end of an occupation by another state, as in the Netherlands, thereby differing from original independence day or creation of statehood.


Country Date Year Event Name of holiday
 Afghanistan February 15 1989 Soviet Union withdrawal from Afghanistan Liberation Day
 Albania November 29 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany Dita e Çlirimit or Liberation Day
 Bangladesh December 16 1971 Liberation from Pakistan Bijoy Dibosh in Bangladesh and Vijay Diwas in India's West Bengal, or Victory Day
 Belarus July 3 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany Republic Day or Independence Day
 Bulgaria March 3[1] 1878 Creation of the Principality of Bulgaria Liberation Day
 Cambodia January 7 1979 Liberation from the Khmer Rouge Victory Day
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the May 17 1997 Takeover of Kinshasa by Laurent-Désiré Kabila following the First Congo War[2] Liberation Day
 Cuba January 1 1959 Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro Triunfo de la Revolución or Triumph of the Revolution
 Czech Republic May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Den vítězství (Victory Day), until 2004 called Den osvobození (Liberation Day)
 Ethiopia May 5 1941 Liberation from Italy Arbegnoch Qen or Patriots' Day
 Falkland Islands June 14 1982 Liberation from Argentina Liberation Day
 Guam July 21 1944 Liberation from Japan[3][4][5] Liberation Day
 Guernsey (Channel Islands) May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[6] Liberation Day
 Hungary April 4 1945 Siege of Budapest, celebrated between 1950 and 1989 (no longer a holiday as of 1990) Liberation Day
 Hong Kong Last Monday in August 1945 Liberation from Japan,[7] celebrated between 1945-96 (no longer a holiday as of 1997) Liberation Day (V-J Day 30 August)
 India December 19 (Goa only) 1961 Liberation of Goa from Portugal Goa Liberation Day
 Israel 28 Iyar 1967 Reuinfication of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
 Italy April 25 1945 General insurrection in Northern Italy by the Italian Resistance Movement, leading to the end of Benito Mussolini's regime and Nazi German occupation Liberazione
 Jersey (Channel Islands) May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[8] Liberation Day
 Korea, North /  Korea, South August 15 1945 Liberation from Japan Gwangbokjeol
 Kuwait February 26 1991 Liberation from Iraq[9]
 Lebanon May 25 2000 Withdrawal of the Israeli Forces from Lebanon Liberation Day
 Libya October 23 2011 Muammar Gaddafi killed, ending the 2011 Libyan civil war
 North Macedonia October 11 1941 Uprising day in North Macedonia, the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia
 Mali November 19 1968 End of Modibo Keïta's regime
 Moldova August 24 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany Liberation Day (Moldova)
 Netherlands May 5 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Bevrijdingsdag or Liberation Day
 Nicaragua July 19 1979 Nicaraguan Revolution
 Northern Mariana Islands July 4 1945 Liberation from Japan
 Norway May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Poland November 11 1918 Gained independence from German empire, Russian empire, Austria-Hungary in the end of World War I after 123 years of occupation. Dzień Niepodległości (Independence Day)
 Portugal April 25 1974 Fall of the Estado Novo (New State) fascist regime: known locally as the Carnation Revolution (Revolução dos Cravos) Freedom Day
 Rwanda July 4 1994 Victory of the RPF, ending the Rwandan genocide Liberation Day
 Slovakia May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Deň víťazstva nad fašizmom
 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands April 25 1982 Liberation from Argentina
 Togo January 13 1967 Military coup under the leadership of Etienne Eyadema[10] Jour de la Libération
 Turkey August 30 1922 End of the Turkish War of Independence Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day)
 Uganda January 26[11] 1986 End of Tito Okello's regime and the capture of power by the Museveni regime
 Ukraine October 28 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany completed as Red Army captures Chop Liberation Day (Ukraine)
 Vietnam April 30 1975 "Day of liberating the South for national reunification" Reunification Day

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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-05-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
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