Constitution Day in Belarus
Constitution Day is a holiday in Belarus that’s observed annually on March 15th. It commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of this country on this day back in 1994. Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union and three years later, adopted the Belarus Constitution on March 15, 1994. Although this constitution was the fifth one to be created since the October Revolution of 1917, it’s the first constitution of an independent Belarus.
Since it was adopted, this constitution has been amended twice—once in 1996 and once in 1994. Under this constitution, citizens of Belarus are guaranteed the right to healthcare, the right to social welfare for the sick, disabled, and elderly, and the right to free general education. It also established Belarusian and Russian as the official languages, as well as a variety of other rights we haven’t mentioned.
Fascinating Facts About Belarus
Below are some of the facts that our research uncovered while we were researching Belarus Constitution Day. We’re going to look at them before we move on to discussing how this holiday is observed in Belarus.
- Approximately 40% of Belarus is forested.
- Belarus has hundreds of potato-based dishes.
- Belarus has a large number of casinos.
- This country has over 20,000 streams.
- Belarus has one of the largest reserves of potash (potassium salts).
- Settlements have been found in this country that dates back 100,000 years.
- Belarus celebrates its Independence Day on July 3rd every year.
Observing Constitution Day In Belarus
Although this day is a national holiday, it’s not celebrated with the same amount of fanfare as Constitution Days in other countries. On this day, there aren’t large parades, although there may be a few smaller local parades.