Martyrs' Day

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Martyrs' Day is an annual day observed by nations to salute the martyrdom of soldiers who lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation. The actual date may vary from one country to another. Here is a list of countries and Martyrs' Days.


Martyrs' Day is observed on September 8 or 9th (variable), the anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud's 2001 assassination. It commemorates all those who died fighting for Afghanistan.


Genocide Remembrance Day, also known as Armenian Christian Martyr day, on April 24 in Armenia, commemorating the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1923 in Ottoman Empire Turkey.


Martyrs' Day in Azerbaijan is observed on January 20, in memory of those killed in the Black January events.


Language Movement Day, also known as Language Martyrs' Day, on February 21 in Bangladesh, commemorating Bengali as a national language.


Burmese Martyrs' Day, on July 19, the day when nine Burmese independence leaders were assassinated in 1947.


Martyrs' Day (India), is observed on January 30, the anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi in 1948.


Martyrs' Day (Lebanon and Syria), commemorates the execution of Syrian nationalists in Damascus by the Ottoman occupants on May 6, 1916. Also the martyrs of the Lebanese civil war from 1975 till 1990


16 September Martyr's Day remembers Libyans killed or exiled under Italian rule and those who were killed in the 17 of February revolution.


In Malawi, Martyrs' Day is celebrated on March 3 to honor the political heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism.[1]


In Nepal Martyrs day(Nepali: शहीद दिवस)is celebrated in (Nepali: माघ १६ गते)Magh 16 of Nepalese calendar.It is celebrated from magh 9 to magh 16 as a martyrs weekend. Martyr (Nepali: शहिद; Shahid) in Nepal is a term for some one who is executed while making contributions for the welfare of the country or society. The term was originally used for individuals who died while opposing the Rana Regime which was in place in the Kingdom of Nepal from 1846 until 1951.

Lakhan Thapa is regarded as the first martyr of Nepal.[2]


Martyrs' Day (Pakistan) or Youm-e-Shuda is a Pakistani holiday held on 30 April to pay tribute to Pakistani military who died in service of their country.


Martyrs' Day (Panama), is a Panamanian holiday which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone.


Martyrs' Day (Lebanon and Syria), commemorates the execution of Syrian nationalists in Damascus by the Ottoman occupants on May 6, 1916.


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April 9, Martyr's Day remembers Tunisians killed in 1938.


March 18, in remembrance of Turkish soldiers fallen in action.[3] Ottoman forces defeated a naval attack of the Allied Powers in Gallipoli Campaign during World War I on March 18, 1915.


Memorial Day for War Martyrs, on July 27, in Vietnam.


In Uganda, Martyr's Day is celebrated on June 3, mainly in honor of the Uganda Martyrs; Christian converts who were murdered for their religion in Uganda's biggest kingdom, Buganda in the late-1880s.

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Martyrs' Day (United Arab Emirates) also known as Commemoration Day (United Arab Emirates) will be marked annually on November 30, recognising the sacrifices and dedication of Emirati martyrs who have given their life in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.[4]


  1. ^ Malawi Martyrs Day infosite,; accessed 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Bad blood". Nepali Times. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  3. ^ "18 Mart Gününün Şehitler Günü ve 19 Eylül Gününün Gaziler Günü İlan Edilmesi Hakkında Kanun" (PDF) (in Turkish). Mevzuat. Retrieved 2013-09-30.  line feed character in |title= at position 42 (help)
  4. ^ "Martyrs’ Day holiday announced in UAE". GulfNews. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.