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 an oppressive regime, as in Portugal, or the end of an occupation by another state, as in the Netherlands, thereby differing from independence in the meaning of secession from another country.

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Country Date Year Event Name of holiday
 Abkhazia September 30 1993 End of the war with Georgia and the beginning of de facto independence
 Afghanistan February 15 1989 Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
 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 1878 Liberation from the Ottoman Empire Liberation Day
 Cambodia January 7 1979 Liberation from the Khmer Rouge Victory Day
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the May 17 1997 Coup led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila following the First Congo War 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 or Den osvobození, or Victory Day or Liberation Day
 Denmark May 5 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Danmarks befrielse or Liberation Day (no public holiday)
 Ethiopia May 5 1941 Liberation from Italy Arbegnoch Qen or Patriots' Day
 Falkland Islands June 14 1982 Liberation from Argentina
 France August 25 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Guam July 21 1944 Liberation from Japan[1][2][3]
 Guernsey May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[4]
 Hong Kong Last Monday in August 1945 Liberation from Japan, celebrated between 1945-1996 (no longer a general holiday as of 1997) Liberation Day
 India December 19 (Goa only) 1961 Liberation of Goa from Portugal
 Italy April 25 1945 General insurrection in Northern Italy by the Italian Resistance Movement, end of Benito Mussolini's regime and Nazi occupation (known locally as Liberazione)
 Jersey May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[5]
 Korea, North /  Korea, South August 15 1945 Liberation from Japan
 Kuwait February 26 1991 Liberation from Iraq
 Lebanon May 25 2000 Withdrawal of the Israeli Forces from Lebanon Liberation Day
 Libya October 23 2011 Muammar Gaddafi killed, ending the Libyan civil war
 Macedonia October 11 1941 Uprising day in Macedonia, the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia
 Mali November 19 1968 End of Modibo Keïta's regime
 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
 Portugal April 25 1974 Fall of the Estado Novo fascist regime (known locally as Revolução dos Cravos)
 Rwanda July 4 1994 Defeat of the genocidal regime by the RPF
 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
 Turkey August 30 1922 End of Turkish War of Independence
 Uganda January 26 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
 Vietnam April 30 1975 End of Vietnam War (also known as Reunification Day)
Liberation Memorial in Stanley, Falkland Islands.

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  1. ^ Norman Sklarewitz (10 July 2012). "Guam: Tourist site steeped in military history, to mark Liberation Day". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Leibowitz, Arnold H. (1989). Defining Status: A Comprehensive Analysis of United States Territorial Relations. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 324. ISBN 9780792300694. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Manchester, William (2008). Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Hachette Digital, Inc. p. 218. ISBN 9780316054638. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  4. ^ [1], 70 Year Anniversary of the Occupation of the Channel Islands.
  5. ^ [2].