Indonesian independence was proclaimed on 17 August 1945, after the occupying Japanese forces surrendered to the Allies but before the Netherlands could resume colonial rule.
6 February 2012 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne of the United Kingdom, its Colonies (now known as Overseas Territories), and the other Dominions in the Commonwealth.
Iceland celebrates its National Day on 17 June, the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, who led the Icelandic movement for independence from Denmark in the 19th century.
Easter Sunday is the day when Christians celebrate Jesus of Nazareth’s resurrection from the dead – and when chocolate manufacturers look forward to their biggest profits of the year.
Nowruz marks the beginning of the Persian New Year and is Iran’s National Day, as well as being celebrated widely throughout Central and NW Asia.
Tunisia obtained its independence from France on 20 March 1956.