Independence Day in Armenia
Observed every September 21st in Armenia, Independence Day is a holiday that commemorates the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In modern history, this was the second time that Armenia declared its independence. The first time was in 1918 when the First Republic of Armenia was formed.
This government was short-lived, however, because it was partitioned by Turkish Nationalist forces and Soviet Russia in 1920. This holiday is a day for great celebration in Armenia, and there is a wide range of different events that are held on this day. This includes special military ceremonies, historical presentations, concerts, dancing, and the raising of the Armenian Flag.
The History Of Independence Day In Armenia
Over the course of its long history, Armenia has been ruled by several different empires including the Ottoman and Persian empires. This would change when Armenia came under Russian rule during the 19th century. This lasted until the Russian Empire and Armenia declared their own independence in 1918. Armenia would remain independent until the 1920s when it became a part of the Soviet Union.
For almost 7-decades, Armenia would remain a part of the Soviet Union. In August of 1991, after the failed coup in Moscow, Armenia drew up a referendum for Independence on September 21st, 1991. When this was done, Armenia became the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union. On October 16th, 1991, the first President of the Republic was elected.
Observing Independence Day In Armenia
Military parades are held every year in Armenia on this date, and often they’re held at Republic Square in Yerevan. This parade is attended by high-ranking members of the military, civic leaders, and politicians. Of course, military parades aren’t the only way that Independence Day is celebrated in Armenia. There is also a national awards ceremony, historical exhibitions, concerts, and other special events.