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India: Republic Day

India became the Commonwealth's first Republic on 26 January 1950.

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Australia: Australia Day

Australia Day commemorates the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788—the start of European settlement in Australia.

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Burns Night

Scots the world over celebrate the life of their National Bard, Robert Burns, on 25 January - the anniversary of his birth in 1759.

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Cuba: Liberation Day

Cuba celebrates its Liberation Day on 1 January - the anniversary of the day in 1959 that the Batista regime collapsed, leaving Fidel Castro's revolutionary forces in control of the island.

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Qatar: National Day

Qatar celebrates its National Day on 18 December, the anniversary of the date in 1868 when the British gave its autonomy informal recognition.

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