National Holidays Around the World

The following table lists the date and name for select national holidays in countries around the world. Find the day, month, and year of inception for independence, revolution, flag, and founding days of more than 100 nations.

CountryDateHoliday
AfghanistanAugust 19 (1919)Independence Day
AlbaniaNovember 28 (1912)Independence Day
AlgeriaNovember 1 (1954)Revolution Day
American SamoaApril 17 (1900)Flag Day
AndorraSeptember 8 (1278)Our Lady of Meritxell Day
AngolaNovember 11 (1975)Independence Day
Antigua and BarbudaNovember 1 (1981)Independence Day (National Day)
ArgentinaMay 25 (1810)Revolution Day
ArmeniaSeptember 21 (1991)Independence Day
ArubaMarch 18 (1976)Flag Day
AustraliaJanuary 26 (1788)Australia Day
AustriaOctober 26 (1955)National Day2
AzerbaijanMay 28 (1918)Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan
BahamasJuly 10 (1973)Independence Day
BahrainDecember 16 (1971)National Day3
BangladeshMarch 26 (1971)Independence Day4
BarbadosNovember 30 (1966)Independence Day
BelarusJuly 3 (1944)Independence Day5
BelgiumJuly 21 (1831)Ascension to the Throne of King Leopold I
BelizeSeptember 21 (1981)Independence Day
BeninAugust 1 (1960)National Day
BermudaMay 24Bermuda Day
BhutanDecember 17 (1907)National Day6
BoliviaAugust 6 (1825)Independence Day
Bosnia and HerzegovinaNovember 25 (1943)National Day
BotswanaSeptember 30 (1966)Independence Day (Botswana Day)
BrazilSeptember 7 (1822)Independence Day
British Virgin IslandsJuly 1 (1956)Territory Day
BruneiFebruary 23 (1984)National Day7
BulgariaMarch 3 (1878)Liberation Day
Burkina FasoDecember 11 (1958)Republic Day
BurundiJuly 1 (1962)Independence Day
CambodiaNovember 9 (1953)Independence Day
CameroonMay 20 (1972)Republic Day (National Day)
CanadaJuly 1 (1867)Canada Day
Cape VerdeJuly 5 (1975)Independence Day
Cayman IslandsFirst Monday in JulyConstitution Day
Central African RepublicDecember 1 (1958)Republic Day
ChadAugust 11 (1960)Independence Day
ChileSeptember 18 (1810)Independence Day
China, People's Rep. ofOctober 1 (1949)Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
ColombiaJuly 20 (1810)Independence Day
ComorosJuly 6 (1975)Independence Day
CongoAugust 15 (1960)Independence Day
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofJune 30 (1960)Independence Day
Cook IslandsFirst Monday in August (1965)Constitution Day
Costa RicaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
Cí´te d'IvoireAugust 7 (1960)Independence Day
CroatiaOctober 8 (1991)Independence Day8
CubaJanuary 1 (1959)Triumph of the Revolution
CyprusOctober 1 (1960)Independence Day9
Czech Rep.October 28 (1918)Czech Founding Day
DenmarkJune 5 (1849)Constitution Day10
DjiboutiJune 27 (1977)Independence Day
DominicaNovember 3 (1978)Independence Day
Dominican Rep.February 27 (1844)Independence Day
East TimorNovember 28 (1975)Independence Day
EcuadorAugust 10 (1809)Independence Day (independence of Quito)
EgyptJuly 23 (1952)Revolution Day
El SalvadorSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
Equatorial GuineaOctober 12 (1968)Independence Day
EritreaMay 24 (1993)Independence Day
EstoniaFebruary 24 (1918)Independence Day11
EthiopiaMay 28 (1991)National Day (defeat of Mengistu regime)
European UnionMay 9 (1950)Europe Day12
Fiji2nd Monday of October (1970)Independence Day
FinlandDecember 6 (1917)Independence Day
FranceJuly 14 (1790)Fete de la Federation13
French PolynesiaJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day
GabonAugust 17 (1960)Independence Day
Gambia, TheFebruary 18 (1965)Independence Day
GeorgiaMay 26 (1918)Independence Day14
GermanyOctober 3 (1990)Unity Day
GhanaMarch 6 (1957)Independence Day
GibraltarSeptember 10 (1967)National Day15
GreeceMarch 25 (1821)Independence Day
GreenlandJune 21Longest day
GrenadaFebruary 7 (1974)Independence Day
Guam1st Monday in March (1521)Discovery Day
GuatemalaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
GuernseyMay 9 (1945)Liberation Day
GuineaOctober 2 (1958)Independence Day
Guinea-BissauSeptember 24 (1973)Independence Day
GuyanaFebruary 23 (1970)Republic Day
HaitiJanuary 1 (1804)Independence Day
Holy See (Vatican City)April 24 (2005)Coronation Day of Pope Benedict XVI
HondurasSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
Hong KongOctober 1 (1949)National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China)16
HungaryAugust 20Saint Stephen's Day
IcelandJune 17 (1944)Independence Day
IndiaJanuary 26 (1950)Republic Day
IndonesiaAugust 17 (1945)Independence Day
IranApril 1 (1979)Republic Day
IraqJuly 17 (1968)Revolution Day17
IrelandMarch 17Saint Patrick's Day
Isle of ManJuly 5Tynwald Day
IsraelApril or May 14 (1948)Independence Day1
ItalyJune 2 (1946)Republic Day
JamaicaAugust 6 (1962)Independence Day
JapanDecember 23 (1933)Birthday of Emperor Akihito
JerseyMay 9 (1945)Liberation Day
JordanMay 25 (1946)Independence Day
KazakhstanDecember 16 (1991)Independence Day
KenyaDecember 12 (1963)Independence Day
KiribatiJuly 12 (1979)Independence Day
Korea (North)September 9 (1948)Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Korea (South)August 15 (1945)Liberation Day
KuwaitFebruary 25 (1950)National Day
KyrgyzstanAugust 31 (1991)Independence Day
LaosDecember 2 (1975)Republic Day
LatviaNovember 18 (1918)Independence Day18
LebanonNovember 22 (1943)Independence Day
LesothoOctober 4 (1966)Independence Day
LiberiaJuly 26 (1847)Independence Day
LibyaSeptember 1 (1969)Revolution Day
LiechtensteinAugust 15Assumption Day
LithuaniaFebruary 16 (1918)Independence Day19
LuxembourgJune 23National Day (Birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte)20
MacauOctober 1 (1949)National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China)21
MacedoniaAugust 2 (1903)Ilinden Uprising Day22
MadagascarJune 26 (1960)Independence Day
MalawiJuly 6 (1964)Independence Day (Republic Day)
MalaysiaAugust 31 (1957)Independence Day/Malaysia Day
MaldivesJuly 26 (1965)Independence Day
MaliSeptember 22 (1960)Independence Day
MaltaSeptember 21 (1964)Independence Day
Marshall IslandsMay 1 (1979)Constitution Day
MauritaniaNovember 28 (1960)Independence Day
MauritiusMarch 12 (1968)Independence Day
MayotteJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day
MexicoSeptember 16 (1810)Independence Day
Micronesia, Federated States ofMay 10 (1979)Constitution Day
MoldovaAugust 27 (1991)Independence Day
MonacoNovember 19 (1857)National Day (Saint Rainier's Day)
MongoliaJuly 11 (1921)Independence Day/Revolution Day
MontenegroJuly 13 (1878)National Day
MoroccoJuly 30 (1999)Throne Day (accession of King Mohamed VI to the throne)
MozambiqueJune 25 (1975)Independence Day
NamibiaMarch 21 (1990)Independence Day
NauruJanuary 31 (1968)Independence Day
NetherlandsApril 30 (1909 and 1980)Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother Juliana and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter Beatrix)
Netherlands AntillesApril 30 (1909 and 1980)Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother Juliana and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter Beatrix)
New CaledoniaJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day
New ZealandFebruary 6 (1840)Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand)
NicaraguaSeptember 15 (1821)Independence Day
NigerDecember 18 (1958)Republic Day
NigeriaOctober 1 (1960)Independence Day (National Day)
NiueFebruary 6 (1840)Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand)
Norfolk IslandJune 8 (1856)Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders)
Northern Mariana IslandsJanuary 8 (1978)Commonwealth Day
NorwayMay 17 (1814)Constitution Day
OmanNovember 18 (1940)Birthday of Sultan Qaboos
PakistanMarch 23 (1956)Republic Day
PalauJuly 9 (1979)Constitution Day
PanamaNovember 3 (1903)Independence Day
Papua New GuineaSeptember 16 (1975)Independence Day
ParaguayMay 14-15 (1811)Independence Day
PeruJuly 28 (1821)Independence Day
PhilippinesJune 12 (1898)Independence Day23
PolandMay 3 (1791)Constitution Day
PortugalJune 10 (1580)Portugal Day (Day of Portugal)24
QatarSeptember 3 (1971)Independence Day
RomaniaDecember 1 (1918)Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania)
RussiaJune 12 (1990)Russia Day
RwandaJuly 1 (1962)Independence Day
St. Kitts and NevisSeptember 19 (1983)Independence Day
St. LuciaFebruary 22 (1979)Independence Day
St. MartinJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day25
St. Pierre and MiquelonJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesOctober 27 (1979)Independence Day
SamoaJune 1 (1962)Independence Day Celebration26
San MarinoSeptember 3 (A.D. 301)Founding of the Republic
Sí£o Tomé and Prí­ncipeJuly 12 (1975)Independence Day
Saudi ArabiaSeptember 23 (1932)Unification of the Kingdom
SenegalApril 4 (1960)Independence Day
SerbiaFebruary 15National Day
SeychellesJune 18 (1993)Constitution Day (National Day)
Sierra LeoneApril 27 (1961)Independence Day
SingaporeAugust 9 (1965)National Day
SlovakiaSeptember 1 (1992)Constitution Day
SloveniaJune 25 (1991)Independence Day/Statehood Day
Solomon IslandsJuly 7 (1978)Independence Day
SomaliaJuly 1 (1960)Foundation of the Somali Republic27
South AfricaApril 27 (1994)Freedom Day
SpainOctober 12 (1492)National Day28
Sri LankaFebruary 4 (1948)Independence Day
SudanJanuary 1 (1956)Independence Day
SurinameNovember 25 (1975)Independence Day
SwazilandSeptember 6 (1968)Independence Day
SwedenJune 6 (1916)Swedish Flag Day, National Day (1983)
SwitzerlandAugust 1 (1291)Founding of the Swiss Confederation
SyriaApril 17 (1946)Independence Day
TaiwanOctober 10 (1911)Republic Day (Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution)
TajikistanSeptember 9 (1991)Independence Day (or National Day)
TanzaniaApril 26 (1964)Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar)
ThailandDecember 5 (1927)Birthday of King Phumiphon (Bhumibol)
TogoApril 27 (1960)Independence Day
TokelauFebruary 6 (1840)Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand)
TongaJune 4 (1970)Emancipation Day
Trinidad and TobagoAugust 31 (1962)Independence Day
TunisiaMarch 20 (1956)Independence Day29
TurkeyOctober 29 (1923)Republic Day
TurkmenistanOctober 27 (1991)Independence Day
Turks and Caicos IslandsAugust 30 (1976)Constitution Day
TuvaluOctober 1 (1978)Independence Day
UgandaOctober 9 (1962)Independence Day
UkraineAugust 24 (1991)Independence Day30
United Arab EmiratesDecember 2 (1971)Independence Day
United StatesJuly 4 (1776)Independence Day
UruguayAugust 25 (1825)Independence Day
UzbekistanSeptember 1 (1991)Independence Day
VanuatuJuly 30 (1980)Independence Day
VenezuelaJuly 5 (1811)Independence Day
VietnamSeptember 2 (1945)Independence Day
Virgin IslandsMarch 27 (1917)Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US)
Wallis and FutunaJuly 14 (1789)Bastille Day
YemenMay 22 (1990)Unification Day
ZambiaOctober 24 (1964)Independence Day
ZimbabweApril 18 (1980)Independence Day
1. Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
2. Commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
3. August 15, 1971 was the date of independence from the UK, December 16, 1971, was the date of independence from British protection
4. March 26, 1971 is the date of independence from West Pakistan, December 16, 1971 is Victory Day and commemorates the official creation of the state of Bangladesh
5. July 3, 1944 was the date Minsk was liberated from German troops, August 25, 1991 was the date of Independence from the Soviet Union
6. Ugyen Wangchuck became first hereditary king
7. January 1, 1984 was the date of Independence from the UK, February 23, 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
8. June 25, 1991 was the day the Croatian Parliament voted for independence; following a three-month moratorium to allow the European Community to solve the Yugoslav crisis peacefully, Parliament adopted a decision on October 8, 1991 to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia
9. Turkish Cypriots celebrate November 15, 1983 as Independence Day
10. Generally viewed as the National Day
11. February 24, 1918 was the date Estonia declared its independence from Soviet Russia; August 20, 1991 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
12. A Union-wide holiday, the day that Robert SCHUMAN proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community to achieve an organized Europe
13. Although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually commemorates the holiday held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (on July 14, 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)
14. May 26, 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, April 9, 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
15. Day of the national referendum to decide whether to remain with the UK or go with Spain
16. July 1, 1997 is celebrated as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
17. This holiday was celebrated under the Saddam Husayn regime; the Government of Iraq has yet to declare a new national holiday
18. November 18, 1918 was the date Latvia declared itself independent from Soviet Russia; May 4, 1990 is when it declared the renewal of independence; August 21, 1991 was the date of de facto independence from the Soviet Union
19. February 16, 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
20. The actual date of birth was 23 January 1896, but the festivities were shifted by five months to allow observance during a more favorable time of year
21. December 20, 1999 is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
22. Also known as Saint Elijah's Day
23. June 12, 1898 was date of declaration of independence from Spain; July 4, 1946 was date of independence from US
24. Also called Camoes Day, the day that revered national poet Luis de Camoes (1524-80) died
25. Local holiday is Schoalcher Day (Slavery Abolition Day) July 12 (1848)
26. January 1, 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship; it is observed in June
27. June 26 (1960) in Somaliland
28. Year when Columbus first set foot in the Americas
29. Also the anniversary of Ben Ali's assumption of the presidency, November 7 (1987)
30. January 22, 1918, the day Ukraine first declared its independence (from Soviet Russia) and the day the short-lived Western and Central Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
Source: CIA World Factbook.

 

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