Freedom, Privilege, Liberty, Equality, and Celebrations! It’s 15th August Independence Day!
Before we begin, the entire team of addicted2learn wishes all it’s learners and readers a very happy Independence Day.
It’s 15th of August and the entire Nation is celebrating it’s 73rd Independence Day. Everyone is aware of the fact that India attained its first-ever Independence on 15th of August, 1947 but not everyone is aware of the fact that there are other 4 nations that also celebrate Independence along with India.
So without much delay, let’s get directly to the point.
15th August Independence Day of India:
On fifteenth August 1947, India finally achieved it’s freedom from British colonization and turned itself into a sovereign country. The entire moment started with the Rebellion of 1857 against the East-India Company and the role of freedom fighters and rebellions like Nana Shaheb, Tantya Tope, Rani Laxmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, and Gandhi cannot be forgotten.
Some Quick Facts about India:
Gained Independence from Britain
1st Flag: A tricolor (saffron, white and green) was hoisted on 15th August.
First Prime Minister: Jawahar Lal Nehru
National Anthem: Jana Gana Mana (Composed by Rabindra Nath Tagore)
15th August Independence Day of the other 4 nations.
15th of August also marks the Independence of Korea. The Independence Day of Korea is also called the National Liberation Day of Korea, and Victory over Japan Day. It is celebrated in both North and South Korea. The Japenese Colonial rule in Korea which began in 1910 was finally liberated in the year 1945 when the U.S and Soviet forces ended the sovereignty of Japan in the Korean Peninsula. Since then 15th of August is also celebrated as ‘Victory over Japan Day’
Korea was split into North Korea and South Korea after three years of Independence. While the South Koreans celebrate the same day as Gwangbokjeol (which means the day the light returned) the North Koreans celebrate it as Chogukhaebangŭi nal ( which means the liberation of fatherland day)
Some Quick facts about Korea:
Gained Independence from: Japan
Split into: North and South Korea after three years of Independence
Flag of North Korea: Ramhongsaek Konghwagukgi (Adopted in 1948)
Flag of South Korea: Taegukgi (Original Version – Adopted in 1883)
First President of Korea: Syngman Rhee
National Anthem: Aegukka.
2. The Republic of Congo:
Congo Brazaville, Congo Republic etc. are some of the other names of the Republic of Congo. The country that shares borders with five other nations: Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. The Republic of Congo attains its independence on 15th of August, 1960 from France.
Some Quick Facts about the Republic of Congo:
Gained Independence from: France
National Flag: A diagonal tricolor of green, yellow and red.
Anthem: La congolaise (The Congolese)
Officially, called the Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The third smallest nation in Asia celebrates its Independence Day on 15th August every year. Following a UN Survey of Bahrain people, the country gained its independence on 15th August 1971.
Though the country was declared independent on 14th August 1971, the archipelago nation prefers to celebrate 15th August as Independence Day.
Some Quick Facts about Bahrain
Gained Independence From: Britain
National Flag: white band on the left and 5 red triangles (representing pillars of Islam) on the right side.
National Anthem: Bahrainona (Our Bahrain)
First King after Independence: Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
This German-speaking micro-state in Alpine Central Europe also celebrates 15th of August as it’s Independence Day. Switzerland and Austria share their boundaries with Liechtenstein. In the year 1866, the country gained its independence from Germany.
Some Quick Facts about Liechtenstein:
Gained Independence from: Germany
National Flag: Two horizontal blue and red bands with a gold crown on the canton.
National Anthem: Oben am jungen Rhein (High on the Young Rhine)
First Prime Minister: Friedrich Stellwag.
On the concluding note, let us quote some inspiring words from Thomas Jefferson
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Thomas Jefferson.
And also the team addicted2learn wishes all its readers from India, Korea, Congo, Bahrain, and Liechtenstein a very happy Independence Day!
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