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Government > National holiday: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: The primary national day of celebration - often independence day.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan Independence Day, 19 August
Albania Independence Day, 28 November (1912) also known as Flag Day
Algeria Revolution Day, 1 November
American Samoa Flag Day, 17 April
Andorra Our Lady of Meritxell Day, 8 September (1278)
Angola Independence Day, 11 November
Anguilla Anguilla Day, 30 May
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day (National Day), 1 November
Argentina Revolution Day, 25 May
Armenia Independence Day, 21 September
Aruba Flag Day, 18 March
Australia Australia Day (commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of Australian settlers), 26 January (1788); ANZAC Day (commemorates the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
Austria National Day, 26 October (1955); note - commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
Azerbaijan Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, 28 May
Bahrain National Day, 16 December (1971); note - 15 August 1971 was the date of independence from the UK, 16 December 1971 was the date of independence from British protection
Bangladesh Independence Day, 26 March (1971); Victory Day
Barbados Independence Day, 30 November
Belarus Independence Day, 3 July (1944); note - 3 July 1944 was the date Minsk was liberated from German troops, 25 August 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Belgium 21 July (1831) ascension to the Throne of King LEOPOLD I
Belize Independence Day, 21 September
Benin National Day, 1 August
Bermuda Bermuda Day, 24 May
Bhutan National Day (Ugyen WANGCHUCK became first hereditary king), 17 December
Bolivia Independence Day, 6 August
Bosnia and Herzegovina National Day, 25 November
Botswana Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September
Brazil Independence Day, 7 September
British Virgin Islands Territory Day, 1 July
Brunei National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
Bulgaria Liberation Day, 3 March
Burkina Faso Republic Day, 11 December (1958); note - commemorates the day that Upper Volta became an autonomous republic in the French Community
Burma Independence Day, 4 January (1948); Union Day, 12 February (1947)
Burundi Independence Day, 1 July
Cambodia Independence Day, 9 November
Cameroon Republic Day (National Day), 20 May
Canada Canada Day, 1 July
Cape Verde Independence Day, 5 July
Cayman Islands Constitution Day, first Monday in July
Central African Republic Republic Day, 1 December
Chad Independence Day, 11 August
Chile Independence Day, 18 September
China Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October
Christmas Island Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Colombia Independence Day, 20 July
Comoros Independence Day, 6 July
Congo, Republic of the Independence Day, 15 August
Cook Islands Constitution Day, first Monday in August
Costa Rica Independence Day, 15 September
Cote d'Ivoire Independence Day, 7 August
Croatia Independence Day, 8 October (1991) and Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)
Cuba Triumph of the Revolution, 1 January
Cyprus Independence Day, 1 October (1960)(1983) as "Independence Day"
Czech Republic Czech Founding Day, 28 October
Democratic Republic of the Congo Independence Day, 30 June
Denmark none designated; Constitution Day, 5 June (1849) is generally viewed as the National Day
Djibouti Independence Day, 27 June
Dominica Independence Day, 3 November
Dominican Republic Independence Day, 27 February
East Timor Independence Day, 28 November
Ecuador Independence Day (independence of Quito), 10 August
Egypt Revolution Day, 23 July
El Salvador Independence Day, 15 September
Equatorial Guinea Independence Day, 12 October
Eritrea Independence Day, 24 May
Estonia Independence Day, 24 February (1918); note - 24 February 1918 was the date Estonia declared its independence from Soviet Russia; 20 August 1991 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
Ethiopia National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May
European Union Europe Day 9 May (1950); note - the day in 1950 that Robert SCHUMAN proposed the creation of what became the European Coal and Steel Community, the progenitor of today's European Union, with the aim of achieving a united Europe
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Liberation Day, 14 June
Faroe Islands Olaifest (Olavsoka), 29 July
Federated States of Micronesia Constitution Day, 10 May
Fiji Independence Day, second Monday of October
Finland Independence Day, 6 December
France Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790)(on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)
French Guiana Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
French Polynesia Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1880)
Gabon Founding of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), 12 March
Georgia Independence Day, 26 May (1918); note - 26 May 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 9 April 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Germany Unity Day, 3 October
Ghana Independence Day, 6 March
Gibraltar National Day, 10 September (1967); note - day of the national referendum to decide whether to remain with the UK or join Spain
Greece Independence Day, 25 March
Greenland June 21 (longest day)
Grenada Independence Day, 7 February
Guadeloupe Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Guam Discovery Day, first Monday in March (1521)
Guatemala Independence Day, 15 September
Guernsey Liberation Day, 9 May
Guinea Independence Day, 2 October
Guinea-Bissau Independence Day, 24 September
Guyana Republic Day, 23 February
Haiti Independence Day, 1 January
Holy See (Vatican City) Election Day of Pope FRANCIS, 13 March
Honduras Independence Day, 15 September
Hong Kong National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 1 July 1997 is celebrated as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Hungary Saint Stephen's Day, 20 August(now Budapest)
Iceland Independence Day, 17 June
India Republic Day, 26 January
Indonesia Independence Day, 17 August
Iran Republic Day, 1 April
Iraq Republic Day, July 14 (1958); note - the Government of Iraq has yet to declare an official national holiday but still observes Republic Day
Ireland Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March
Isle of Man Tynwald Day, 5 July
Israel Independence Day, 14 May (1948); note - Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
Italy Republic Day, 2 June
Jamaica Independence Day, 6 August
Japan Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December
Jersey Liberation Day, 9 May
Jordan Independence Day, 25 May
Kazakhstan Independence Day, 16 December
Kenya Independence Day, 12 December (1963); Madaraka Day, 1 June (1963); Mashujaa Day, 20 October (2010)
Kiribati Independence Day, 12 July
Kosovo Independence Day, 17 February
Kuwait National Day, 25 February
Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, 31 August
Laos Republic Day, 2 December
Latvia Independence Day, 18 November (1918); note - 18 November 1918 was the date Latvia declared itself independent from Soviet Russia; 4 May 1990 is when it declared the renewal of independence; 21 August 1991 was the date of de facto independence from the Soviet Union
Lebanon Independence Day, 22 November
Lesotho Independence Day, 4 October
Liberia Independence Day, 26 July
Libya Revolution Day, 1 September
Liechtenstein Assumption Day, 15 August
Lithuania Independence Day, 16 February (1918); note - 16 February 1918 was the date Lithuania declared its independence from Soviet Russia and established its statehood; 11 March 1990 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
Luxembourg National Day (Birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte) 23 June
Macau National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 20 December 1999 is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Madagascar Independence Day, 26 June
Malawi Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July
Malaysia Independence Day 31 August (1957) (independence of Malaya); Malaysia Day 16 September (1963) (formation of Malaysia)
Maldives Independence Day, 26 July
Mali Independence Day, 22 September
Malta Independence Day, 21 September (1964); Republic Day, 13 December (1974)
Marshall Islands Constitution Day, 1 May
Martinique Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Mauritania Independence Day, 28 November
Mauritius Independence Day, 12 March
Mayotte Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Mexico Independence Day, 16 September
Moldova Independence Day, 27 August
Monaco National Day (Saint Rainier's Day), 19 November
Mongolia Independence Day/Revolution Day, 11 July
Montenegro National Day, 13 July
Montserrat Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
Morocco Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMED VI to the throne), 30 July
Mozambique Independence Day, 25 June
Namibia Independence Day, 21 March
Nauru Independence Day, 31 January
Nepal Republic Day, 29 May
Netherlands Queen's Day (Birthday of deceased Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)
Netherlands Antilles Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)
New Caledonia Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1853)
New Zealand Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840); ANZAC Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
Nicaragua Independence Day, 15 September
Niger Republic Day, 18 December (1958); note - commemorates the founding of the Republic of Niger which predated independence from France in 1960
Nigeria Independence Day (National Day), 1 October
Niue Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February
Norfolk Island Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders), 8 June
North Korea Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 9 September
Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Day, 8 January
Norway Constitution Day, 17 May
Oman Birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November
Pakistan Republic Day, 23 March
Palau Constitution Day, 9 July
Panama Independence Day, 3 November
Papua New Guinea Independence Day, 16 September
Paraguay Independence Day, 14 May 1811 (observed 15 May)
Peru Independence Day, 28 July
Philippines Independence Day, 12 June (1898); note - 12 June 1898 was date of declaration of independence from Spain; 4 July 1946 was date of independence from US
Pitcairn Islands Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926); Discovery Day, 2 July (1767)
Poland Constitution Day, 3 May (1791)
Portugal Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal), 10 June (1580)(1524-80) died
Puerto Rico US Independence Day, 4 July (1776); Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952)
Qatar Independence Day, 3 September (1971); also observed is National Day, 18 December (1878) (anniversary of Al Thani family accession to the throne)
Republic of Macedonia Independence Day, 8 September (1991); also known as National Day
Reunion Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Romania Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December
Russia Russia Day, 12 June
Rwanda Independence Day, 1 July
Saint Barthelemy Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1572)
Saint Helena Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day, 19 September
Saint Lucia Independence Day, 22 February
Saint Martin Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(Slavery Abolition Day) 12 July (1848)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day, 27 October
Samoa Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962); note - 1 January 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship; it is observed in June
San Marino Founding of the Republic, 3 September (A.D. 301)
Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day, 12 July
Saudi Arabia Unification of the Kingdom, 23 September
Senegal Independence Day, 4 April
Serbia National Day, 15 February
Serbia and Montenegro National Day, 15 February
Seychelles Constitution Day (National Day), 18 June
Sierra Leone Independence Day, 27 April
Singapore National Day, 9 August
Slovakia Constitution Day, 1 September
Slovenia Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June
Solomon Islands Independence Day, 7 July
Somalia Foundation of the Somali Republic, 1 July (1960)(1960) in Somaliland
South Africa Freedom Day, 27 April
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Liberation Day, 14 June
South Korea Liberation Day, 15 August
South Sudan Independence Day, 9 July
Spain National Day, 12 October (1492); year when Columbus first set foot in the Americas
Sri Lanka Independence Day, 4 February
Sudan Independence Day, 1 January
Suriname Independence Day, 25 November
Swaziland Independence Day, 6 September
Sweden Swedish Flag Day, 6 June (1916); National Day, 6 June (1983)
Switzerland Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August (1291)
Syria Independence Day, 17 April
Taiwan Republic Day (Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution), 10 October
Tajikistan Independence Day (or National Day), 9 September
Tanzania Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April
Thailand Birthday of King PHUMIPHON (BHUMIBOL), 5 December
The Bahamas Independence Day, 10 July
The Gambia Independence Day, 18 February
Togo Independence Day, 27 April
Tokelau Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February
Tonga Emancipation Day, 4 June
Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day, 31 August
Tunisia Independence Day, 20 March (1956); Revolution and Youth Day, 14 January (2011)
Turkey Republic Day, 29 October
Turkmenistan Independence Day, 27 October
Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution Day, 30 August
Tuvalu Independence Day, 1 October
Uganda Independence Day, 9 October
Ukraine Independence Day, 24 August (1991)(from Soviet Russia) and the day the short-lived Western and Greater (Eastern) Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
United Arab Emirates Independence Day, 2 December
United Kingdom the UK does not celebrate one particular national holiday
United States Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
Uruguay Independence Day, 25 August
Uzbekistan Independence Day, 1 September
Vanuatu Independence Day, 30 July
Venezuela Independence Day, 5 July
Vietnam Independence Day, 2 September
Virgin Islands Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 31 March
Wallis and Futuna Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Yemen Unification Day, 22 May
Zambia Independence Day, 24 October
Zimbabwe Independence Day, 18 April

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"Countries Compared by Government > National holiday. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/National-holiday

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