These countries, in addition to India, observe ‘national day' on August 15th.

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75th Independence Day 2021: India is not the only country that commemorates August 15 as Independence Day; other countries also observe the occasion as a national holiday.

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. However, 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.

Bahrain, North Korea, South Korea, and Liechtenstein are among the countries that celebrate a national day on August 15th, in addition to India.

Here's everything you need to know about August 15's significance in these countries:


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.

North Korea South Korea:

Both North and South Korea commemorate August 15 as National Liberation Day of Korea, as it was on this day at the close of World War II that Japan's 35-year occupation and colonial control over Korea came to an end, thanks to the efforts of allied troops fighting in the war.

The day is known as ‘Gwangbokjeol' in South Korea (meaning “the day the light returned”), and ‘Chogukhaebangi nail in North Korea (meaning, "Liberation of the Fatherland Day).


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.



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