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Liberation Day is a day, often a public holiday, that marks the liberation of a place, similar to an independence day. Liberation marks the date of either a revolution, as in Cuba, the fall of an oppressive regime, as in Portugal, or the end of an occupation by another state, as in the Netherlands, thereby differing from independence in the meaning of secession from another country.


Country Date Year Event Name of holiday
  Afghanistan February 15 1989 Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
  Albania November 29 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany Dita e Çlirimit or Liberation Day
  Bangladesh December 16 1971 Liberation from Pakistan Bijoy Dibosh in Bangladesh and Vijay Diwas in India's West Bengal, or Victory Day
  Belarus July 3 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany Republic Day or Independence Day
  Bulgaria March 3[1] 1878 Creation of the Principality of Bulgaria Liberation Day
  Cambodia January 7 1979 Liberation from the Khmer Rouge Victory Day
  Congo, Democratic Republic of the May 17 1997 Coup led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila following the First Congo War Liberation Day
  Cuba January 1 1959 Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro Triunfo de la Revolución or Triumph of the Revolution
  Czech Republic May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Den vítězství (Victory Day), originally (until 2004) Den osvobození (Liberation Day)
  Denmark May 5 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Danmarks befrielse or Liberation Day (no public holiday)
  Ethiopia May 5 1941 Liberation from Italy Arbegnoch Qen or Patriots' Day
  Falkland Islands June 14 1982 Liberation from Argentina Liberation day
  Guam July 21 1944 Liberation from Japan[2][3][4]
  Guernsey (Channel Islands) May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[5] Liberation Day
  Hungary April 4 1945 Siege of Budapest, celebrated between 1950–1989 (no longer a general holiday as of 1990) Liberation Day
  Hong Kong Last Monday in August 1945 Liberation from Japan, celebrated between 1945–1996 (no longer a general holiday as of 1997) Liberation Day (V-J Day 30 August)
  India December 19 (Goa only) 1961 Liberation of Goa from Portugal
 Israel 28 Iyar (2019 date: 2 June) 1967 Reuinfication of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
  Italy April 25 1945 General insurrection in Northern Italy by the Italian Resistance Movement, end of Benito Mussolini's regime and Nazi occupation (known locally as Liberazione)
  Jersey (Channel Islands) May 9 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany[6] Liberation Day
  Korea, North /   Korea, South August 15 1945 Liberation from Japan Gwangbokjeol
  Kuwait February 26 1991 Liberation from Iraq[7]
  Lebanon May 25 2000 Withdrawal of the Israeli Forces from Lebanon Liberation Day
  Libya October 23 2011 Muammar Gaddafi killed, ending the 2011 Libyan civil war
  Lithuania August 31 1993 Withdrawal of Russian army after 49 years of occupation Laisvės diena or Freedom Day (no public holiday)
  Macedonia October 11 1941 Uprising day in Macedonia, the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia
  Mali November 19 1968 End of Modibo Keïta's regime
  Netherlands May 5 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Bevrijdingsdag or Liberation Day
  Nicaragua July 19 1979 Nicaraguan Revolution
  Northern Mariana Islands July 4 1945 Liberation from Japan
  Norway May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany
  Portugal April 25 1974 Fall of the Estado Novo (New State) fascist regime (known locally as the Carnation Revolution (Revolução dos Cravos) Freedom Day
  Rwanda July 4 1994 Defeat of the previous regime by the RPF, ending the Rwandan Genocide Liberation Day
  Slovakia May 8 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany Deň víťazstva nad fašizmom
  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands April 25 1982 Liberation from Argentina
  Togo January 13 1967 Military coup under the leadership of Etienne Eyadema
  Turkey August 30 1922 End of the Turkish War of Independence Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day)
  Uganda January 26[8] 1986 End of Tito Okello's regime and the capture of power by the Museveni regime
  Ukraine October 28 1944 Liberation from Nazi Germany completed as Red Army captures Chop Liberation Day (Ukraine)
  USA March 3 1865 Freeing of slaves in Charlottesville, Virginia when Union troops arrive Liberation and Freedom Day
  Vietnam April 30 1975 Liberation from Saigon regime (also known as "Day of liberating the South for national reunification")

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  8. ^ "National Events Calendar". Government of Uganda. Retrieved 25 January 2017.