For every Indian, August 15 is a significant date because it was on this day in 1947 that the country gained its legitimate independence from the United Kingdom, putting an end to over two centuries of colonial control. India, the world’s largest democracy, celebrates its independence on August 15, 1947. The founding of the democratic country is commemorated on this day. This is the day India gained independence from the British Raj. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, proudly unfurled the Indian flag at the Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 1947.
In case you were wondering, India is not the only country that celebrates Independence Day on August 15; people all over the world mark this date on their calendars as a national holiday. Here are five more: Republic of Congo, South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain, and Liechtenstein all commemorate their independence on August 15. Here’s additional information on them:
1. Bahrain: Bahrain, which was likewise ruled by the British, gained independence on August 15, 1971, more than two decades after India. Following a United Nations assessment of Bahrain’s population, the British announced a troop pullback east of Suez in the early 1960s. The signing of a treaty between Bahrain and the United Kingdom commemorated Bahrain’s independence day. The country, however, does not commemorate its independence on this day. Instead, it commemorates the succession of the late king Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa to the throne on December 16 as National Day.
2. North Korea: North and South Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, gained independence from Japan on August 15, 1945. During the Russo-Japanese War, Japan conquered Korea. Japan attempted to acquire Korean traditions and culture while also gaining control of the economy for its own gain. Korean resistance groups, known as Dongnipgun, fought Japanese forces along the Sino-Korean border.
3. South Korea: In 1945, the Korean Peninsula was liberated, and on August 15, 1948, autonomous Korean governments were established. The area was officially dubbed the Republic of Korea, and a pro-US administration was founded. The first President of South Korea, Syngman Rhee, was elected, and August 15 was declared a national holiday. The holiday is known as Gwangbokjeol, which translates to “the day the light returned.”
4. Liechtenstein: Liechtenstein, a German-speaking microstate in the European Alps between Austria and Switzerland, celebrates its National Day on August 15. The date was chosen since it was already a bank holiday; the feast of the Assumption of Mary is on August 15. Second, Prince Franz Josef II, the reigning prince at the time, was born on August 16. As a result, the Feast of the Assumption and the Prince’s birthday were combined to form Liechtenstein’s national holiday.
5. Democratic Republic of Congo: The Central African country, often known as Congo, gained full independence from French colonial overlords on August 15, 1960. It has been under French control for exactly 80 years. In 1880, the country was renamed French Congo, and in 1903, it was renamed Middle Congo. During the first five decades of colonial administration in Congo, economic development was centered on natural-resource extraction, and the techniques used were violent. At least 14,000 people died in the construction of the Congo-Ocean Railroad.
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