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Here Are 5 Countries That Celebrate Independence Day on August 15

August 14, 2019 | 12:43 IST | Editorial |

August 15, 1947, was the day India got freedom from the British rule. It was on this day, our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru proudly unfurled the Indian flag at the Red Fort in Delhi. This day is marked as a national festival, regardless of religion, class, race and creed.

As India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day, we share the date of Independence with four other nations.

Republic of Congo: The Congo got freedom from the French colonial rulers on August 15, 1960. Congo was ruled by French since 1880 and became French Congo, then as Middle Congo in 1903. Finally, in 1960 the people of Congo attained the freedom.

North Korea and South Korea: Both North Korea and its sister state South Korea gained independence from Japan on August 15, 1945, after the Korean Peninsula was liberated by the Allies at the end of Second World War. This day, Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect ending the war. The country celebrates its Independence Day as Chogukhaebangŭi nal or Liberation of the Fatherland Day. Independent Korean governments were created three years later when the pro-Soviet Kim Il-sung was made the first premier of North Korea and pro-US Syngman Rhee the first president of South Korea.

Liechtenstein: One of the smallest countries in the world, Liechtenstein was freed from German rule in 1866 and also celebrates August 15 as its National Day since 1940.

This day is celebrated as the combination of Feast of the Assumption (a celebration of Assumption of Mary into Heaven) and the Reigning Prince’s birthday. The celebration includes the Catholic mass in the church meadows and a free drink, sandwich at the prince’s castle. The people will be allowed to have a conversation with the Royal Family as well.

Bahrain: The middle-east country attained independence from British colonial rulers on August 15, 1971. The Bahrain archipelago had been ruled by various entities, including the Arabs and Portugal before British coloners took over in the 19th century.