Today 3 countries are celebrating their National Day – India, Liechtenstein, Korea, and according to some websites Congo as well.
Now up until recently, I only knew about India celebrating its Independence Day on this date. But then a message came up on whatsapp asking this question as to which other countries celebrate their I-Day on the same date. Straying a bit here – I am surprised by the trends that have changed in the last few years – from forwarded emails to facebook shares to now whatsapp having become a major mode of sharing for people – at least in India. And the enterprising ones have seen its potential for businesses. For instance, small grocery shop owners (the local ones) tell you to whatsapp your grocery list to him and he would deliver it to your home!
Now coming back to the Independence Days, in India, the usual celebrations include singing patriotic songs, hoisting the national flag and having some cultural events. Scale depends upon whether it’s at the schools, at a corporate office, an apartment complex, some government organized event, in a foreign country by Indians living there and surprise surprise – at a shopping mall which is the latest trend. I still recall from my school days that after the flag hoisting, there was a distribution of laddoos and samosas! Sigh…There is a speech by the Prime Minister of India to the nation after the flag hoisting event at the Red Fort in Delhi. The President gives a speech the day before. Oh and the most important thing – it’s a national holiday.
So this message made me curious as to how the day is celebrated in the other countries mentioned above. And here are my findings.
On 15 August Vaduz plays host to a huge celebration attended by thousands of Liechtenstein citizens and guests from many countries. The National Day begins with the State Act held on the lawn in front of Vaduz Castle, including speeches by the Prince and the president of the parliament. The people are then invited to a reception with drinks in the gardens of the castle. National Day is the only day of the year when the gardens are open to the general public. The Princely Family is also present at this reception and mingles with the guests.
In the afternoon there is a large fair in the centre of Vaduz that continues until the early hours of the morning. The festivities come to a close in the evening with a large firework display above Vaduz Castle that is famous throughout the region and draws many guests to Vaduz.
Gwangbokjeol which means “the day the light returned”, also called as the National Liberation Day of Korea, is celebrated annually on August 15th.
In South Korea, many activities and events happen during the day, including an official ceremony with the president in attendance that takes place at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan or at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.The official song is sung at the official events.
All buildings and homes are encouraged to display the South Korean national flag. Not only are most public museums and places open free of charge to the descendants of independence activists on the holiday, but they can also travel on both public transport and intercity trains for free.
I couldn’t find anything much about the celebrations in Congo except a few images, although on searching a bit, I saw that June 30th is their Independence Day and not August 15th. So I wonder why some websites have listed August 15th as that day.
I am now going to leave you with this information and if you are curious to find out more about the significance of the day for each country, do dig a bit further. And if you have been part of the celebrations in any of these countries, then please share your experiences in a post and ping back or put in your comments.
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My Sources of Information: Wikidpedia and national websites of the countries.