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Accession Day is a holiday in Jammu and Kashmir, commemorating 26 October 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh signed off the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined the Dominion of India. The festivities of the day include holding rallies, bursting of firecrackers, singing India's national anthem, and raising the flag of India.[1][2][3] In some areas, the festivities are as big as those of the Hindu festival of Diwali.[4][5][6]

Accession Day
Observed byJammu and Kashmir, India
Date26 October
Next time26 October 2019 (2019-10-26)
Frequencyannual

Views of SeparatistsEdit

The "Accession Day" is observed as "Black Day" by separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and followers of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in protest of alleged human rights violations by Indian army and the Indian "occupation" of Jammu and Kashmir.[7][8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Accession day is our national day: Jammu Bar". Greater Kashmir. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Jammu all set to celebrate accession day". Sify. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  3. ^ "J&K Accession day celebrations in J&K". GroundReport. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  4. ^ "J-K Accession Day to be celebrated as Diwali: BJP". Rediff. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Accession Day to be celebrated as Diwali: BJP". Hindustan Times. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Jammu celebrates Accession Day". The Tribune. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Kashmir observes Black Day". The Hindu.
  8. ^ "Kashmir's Black Day".