Days," which often mark a
nation's liberation from colonial rule or occupation by a foreign
entity, National Days celebrate less contentious avenues to
nationhood or the significant date for a patron saint or ruler.
17 - La Diada, the national day of Menorca celebrating conquest of the
island by Alfonso III of Aragon from the Caliphate of Córdoba in
1287 and the beginning of of modern society on the island and its
identity as a nation with its own culture
January 22 - Day of Unity of Ukraine is a state holiiday celebrating
1919 unification of eastern Ukraine in Russian territory with western
Ukraine in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Unification Day (Ziua Unirii) in Romania, celebrating unification of
and Wallachia in
Day celebrates founding of
first European settlement in Australia, 1788.
January 26 ~ India's
Republic Day celebrates adoption of the
Constitution of India in 1950.
February 6 ~ New Zealand's
Waitangi Day celebrates signing of the
Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
February 11 ~ Japan
celebrates National Foundation Day when the first
emperor was crowned in 660 BC.
February 11 ~ Vatican City
commemorates foundation of
February 23 ~ Guyana's
Mashramani celebrates declaration of the
Republic in 1970
February 23 ~ Hari Kebangsaan in Brunei, celebrating independence from
the United Kingdom in 1984.
25 ~ Kuwait's National Day.
1 ~ Wales' St.
David's Day is observed on feast
day of patron
March 17 ~ St. Patrick's
Day in Ireland.
April 23 ~ Aragon
celebrates its patron saint with St
April 23 ~ England (United
Kingdom) celebrates St
George's Day, patron
saint of England.
April 27 ~ Freedom Day in
South Africa celebrates first post-apartheid democratic general
3 ~ Poland's Swieto Konstytucji celebrates adoption of the
Constitution of 1791
17 ~ Norway's Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the first
Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814.
May 20 ~ Cameroon's National Day celebrates creation of a unitary state
May 22 ~ Yemen's Unity Day or National Day commemorates North and South
Yemen being unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990.
24 ~ Bermuda
the islands' heritage and culture.
May 29 ~ Ganatantra
Diwas in Nepal celebrates day it was declared a
republic in 2008.
May 29 ~ Nigeria's
Democracy Day celebrates return to democratic rule
2 ~ Festa della Repubblica celebrates the day Italy was
a republic in 1946.
6 ~ Sweden's National Day commemorates election of
Vasa as King of Sweden in 1523; and adoption of the constitutions of
1809 and 1974.
June 10 ~ The Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese
Communities occurs on the day of the death of national poet
de Camões in 1580.
June 12 ~ Russia Day celebrates Declaration of State Sovereignty in
June 17 ~ Iceland's National Day celebrates founding of the Republic
June 21 ~ Greenland's National Day, introduced in 1983 as an expression
of national identity.
June 24 ~
Québec celebrates Saint-Jean-Baptiste
of John the Baptist, the patron saint of French Canadians.
6 ~ Statehood Day in
July 13 ~ Statehood Day in
July 14 ~ Bastille
Day in France.
21 ~ National Day of
Belgium celebrates day when Leopold of
took oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831
July 21 ~ Guam's
Liberation Day commemorates American landing on Guam
1944 and the beginning of the Battle of Guam.
July 23 -- Renaissance Day in Oman, celebrating the day
Qaboos bin Said al Said ascended the throne.
July 25 ~ Día de Galicia or Galicia Day, in the autonomous
community of Galicia in Spain.
Constitution Day celebrates establishment of
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952.
July 29 ~ Ólavsøka (St. Olaf's Day), national
the Faroe Islands.
1 ~ Switzerland's
National Day commemorates
Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291.
celebrates St. Stephen's Day.
Turks and Caicos Islands' Constitution Day commemorates
adoption of a constitution in 1976.
8 ~ Andorra
its patron saint with Our Lady of
9 ~ North Korea celebrates its Declaration of the Democratic
People's Republic in 1948 with National Independence Day.
September 16 ~ Malaysia
Day celebrates the formation of
September 18 ~
commemorates the creation of its
Junta in 1810 with Fiestas Patrias of Chile.
23 ~ Saudi Arabia celebrates unification of
Nejd and Hejaz in
1932 with Saudi National Day.
National Day of the People's Republic of
proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
October 3 ~ German Unity Day celebrates unification of West
Germany and East Germany in 1990.
October 3 ~ South Korea's Gaecheonjeol celebrates when ancient
Korea was founded in 2333 BC.
12 ~ Spain's Fiesta
Nacional de España celebrates
Columbus' discovery of America in 1492.
October 20 ~ Mashujaa Day (Heroes Day) in Kenya.
October 23 ~ National Day of Hungary, a memorial of the 1956 Revolution
and the day of the proclamation of the Third Hungarian Republic in 1989.
October 25 ~ Day of the
Basque Country in Spain.
October 25 ~ Kazakhstan's Republic Day celebrates declaration
a sovereign republic within the USSR in 1990.
October 26 ~ Austria
celebrates The Neutrality Constitution of 1955.
October 29 ~ Turkey's
Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami) celebrates
adoption of a republican constitution in 1923.
November 30 ~ Scotland
celebrates Day of St. Andrew, patron saint of
December 1 ~ Central
autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958.
2 ~ United Arab Emirates'
Day commemorates formation of the federation of seven emirates on
independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.
16 ~ Bahrain
celebrates Accession Day of Isa bin Salman Al
Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain.
17 ~ National Day of Bhutan celebrates coronation of King Ugyen
Wangchuck in 1907.
18 ~ Niger's
Republic Day celebrates being made an autonomous
state within the French Community in 1958.
18 ~ Qatar National Day
celebrates the assumption of power by Emir Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani