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In Armenia, Independence Day is a public holiday on September 21 every year.
Known as ‘Ankakhtian Ya’, this holiday is celebrated in 1991 as Independence Day from the Soviet Union.
Unlike most countries, Armenia’s Independence Day is not a national day. It is celebrated on May 28, Republic Day.
History of Armenian Independence Day
After the reigns of the Ottoman and Persian empires, modern-day Armenia came under Russian rule for most of the 19th century. After the fall of the Russian Empire, Armenia declared its independence in 1918. Armenia became a founding member of the Soviet Union in 1922.
Following the failed uprising in Moscow in August 1991, Armenia held a referendum on independence on September 21, 1991, ending nearly 70 years of Soviet rule. As a result, Armenia became the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union and declare a non-republic. Leon Ter Petersen was elected the first President of the Republic on October 16, 1991.