Flag Day

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Stamp celebrating 50th Flag Day of the Faroe Islands

A flag day is a flag-related holiday—either a day designated for flying a certain flag (such as a national flag), or a day set aside to celebrate a historical event such as a nation's adoption of its flag.

Flag days are usually codified in national statutes, however, in some countries a decree by the head of state can also order a flag day. The statute or decree may specify locations where flags are flown and how are they flown (for example, at full- or half-staff); alternatively, custom may prevail.[1]

Specific flag days

Country/Territory/Continent Date Details
 Afghanistan August 19 Independence day, 1919.
 Albania November 28 Independence day, 1443, then again, 1912.
 Argentina June 20 Anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano, who created the current flag.
 Aruba March 18 Flag day. Adoption of the national flag on March 18, 1976.
 Australia September 3 Australian National Flag Day commemorates the first flying of the Australian National Flag in 1901.
 Azerbaijan November 9 State Flag Day, was officially established on November 9, 2009,[2] for the commemoration of the adoption of the Flag of Azerbaijan on November 9, 1918.[3]
 Åland Last Sunday of April Commemorates adoption of the Åland flag
 Bolivia August 17 Flag Day in Bolivia. Commemorates of the creation of the first national flag.
 Brazil November 19 Flag Day in Brazil; adopted in 1889
February 15
January 21[4][5]
National Flag of Canada Day commemorates adoption of the Canadian flag, Feb. 15, 1965.
Québec Flag Day[6] (French: Jour du Drapeau) commemorates the first flying of the flag of Quebec, January 21, 1948.
 Colombia July 20
August 7
Declaration of Independence (1810) (Celebrated as National Day); Battle of Boyaca (1819)
 Curaçao July 2 Dia di Bandera ("Day of the Flag"). Adoption of the national flag on 2 July 1984.
 Denmark June 15 Valdemarsdag, the anniversary of King Valdemar's victory in the Battle of Lyndanisse (present day Tallinn, Estonia) in 1219, where according to legend, the Dannebrog fell from the sky. It is also the anniversary of the return of North Slesvig in 1920 to Denmark following the post-World War I plebiscite.
 Ecuador September 26 "Day of the National Flag" ("Dia de la Bandera Nacional"). Date when the tricolour was reinstated in 1860, two days
 Estonia June 4 "Eesti lipu päev" (National Flag Day). Date when the Flag of Estonia was consecrated in 1884.[7]
 European Union May 9 Europe Day commemorates the Schuman Declaration.
 Finland Midsummer's Day "Suomen lipun päivä", "Finlands flaggas dag" ("Day of Finland's flag") celebrated annually since 1934. There are also several other flag days in Finland.
 Faroe Islands April 25 The British occupation of the Faroe Islands during World War II led to the adoption of the Merkið that day in 1940.
 Georgia January 14 საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშის დღე (sak'art'velos sakhelmts'ip'o droshis dghe, "Day of the State Flag of Georgia"), (2004).[8]
 Greece October 27 "Ημέρα της σημαίας (imera tis simeas,"Day of the Flag")
 Haiti May 18 Commemorates the creation of Haiti's flag at the 1803 Arcahaye Conference.
 Honduras September 1 Commemorates the introducing of their first leader on Lake Yojoa.
 Hungary March 16 The day after the 1848 revolution in Pest-Buda.
 India December 7 Armed Forces Flag Day honours the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India.The Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is a day dedicated towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel. It has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949. Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India.
 Ireland April 24 The 'Easter Rising Commemoration' (Comóradh Éirí Amach na Cásca) commemorates the beginning of the Easter Rising of 1916. An army parade on O'Connell Street in Dublin is attended by the President of Ireland, the Taoiseach and other government ministers. The Irish 'tricolour' was adopted by the rebels of 1916.
 Italy January 7 Festa del tricolore ("Festival of the Tricolour") commemorates adoption of the Italian flag in 1797.
 Liberia August 24 Flag day The holiday was first observed in an 1847 convention, when the founding fathers approved the flag's design along with establishing the new republic.[9]
 Lithuania January 1 Vėliavos diena ("Flag's day") commemorates raising of the Lithuanian flag on Gediminas' Tower in 1919.
Kurdistan flag December 17 flag day ("رۆژی ئاڵای کوردستان") commemorates raising of the Flag of Kurdistan on Republic of Mahabad on 17 December 1945
 Macedonia Every 1st and 15th day of each month. Ден на македонското знаме (Den na makedonskoto zname, "Day of the Macedonian Flag"). Every 1st and 15th day of each month, the flag is changed in special ceremony. This celebrates the adoption of the flag.[10]
 Mexico February 24
 Moldova April 27
 Norway May 17 Celebration of the Norwegian Constitution, signed on 17 May 1814. Now the national day of Norway.
 Pakistan August 11 The National Assembly adopted the country's flag on this day.
 Panama November 4 An annual public holiday in Panama that forms a bridge holiday between Separation Day and Colon Day.
 Paraguay May 14 The real date of the independence of Paraguay from Spain in 1811. Celebration continues the next main day, Independence Day.
 Peru June 7 Commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Arica and the sacrifice of Alfonso Ugarte.
 Philippines May 28 - June 12 Araw ng Watawat ("Flag Day"), the anniversary of the 1898 Battle of Alapan where the flag was first used. Display of the flag in all places until Independence Day is encouraged, provided it follows Republic Act 8491.[11]
 Poland May 2 A holiday introduced in 2004, it commemorates raising the flag on Siegessäule during the Battle of Berlin.
 Portugal December 1 A holiday introduced in 1910, it commemorates raising the flag on Restauradores Square on the anniversary of Restoration of Independence.
 Romania June 26 A holiday introduced in 1998, it celebrates Decree No. 1 of the Wallachian Provisional Government, which made the blue-yellow-red tricolour the national flag.
 Russia August 22 Commemorates raising of the present flag over the Russian Supreme Soviet building after a 1991 coup attempt.
 Slovenia April 7 Commemorates the anniversary of the first raising of the national flag in 1848 at Wolfova Street 8, Ljubljana.
 Sweden June 6 Svenska flaggans dag ("Day of the Swedish Flag"), observed since the late 19th century. Also the National Day of Sweden since 1983.
 Sri Lanka February 4 Independence Day ("National Day of the Sri Lanka Flag"), The independence day of Sri Lanka is a great national occasion celebrated with parades and pageants combined with the spirit of patriotism and national pride. National Day of Sri Lanka since 1948.
 Turkmenistan February 19 Commemorates the adoption of the nation's first flag after gaining independence from the Soviet Union.
 Ukraine August 23 День Державного прапора (Den Derzhavnoho prapora, "National Flag Day") commemorates the adoption of the Ukrainian flag; observed since 2004.[12]
 UAE November 3
 United Kingdom
  • April 23
  • November 30
  • March 1
  • March 17
 United States June 14 Flag Day Commemorates adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777.
 Vietnam March 11 Flag Day Independence day (Day of the National Flag), 1945.[13]
 Venezuela March 12 Independence day, 1859.

See also


  1. Gammage, Jeff (June 14, 2008). "Flag Day loses importance but lives on in Phila". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Azerbaijan sets National Flag Day". Today.az. Retrieved May 22, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Azerbaijan marks National Flag Day". Today.az. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Jour du drapeau on the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois' website. (French)
  5. Loi sur le drapeau et les emblèmes du Québec (Law on the flag and the emblems of Québec) on the Quebec Government's website. (French)
  6. "An Act respecting the flag and emblems of Québec, R.S.Q. c. D-12.1". CanLII. Retrieved April 10, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Estonian Holidays in 2010". Estonian Foreign Ministry. Retrieved December 19, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. (Georgian) საქართველოს ორგანული კანონი საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშის შესახებ ("Law of Georgia on the State Flag of Georgia"). January 14, 2004. Parliament of Georgia. Accessed January 14, 2012.
  9. Liberia's Flag Day
  10. Macedonia got Flag Day – Macedonian
  11. Philippine Republic Act No. 8491 Chan Robles (www.chanrobles.com). Retrieved on 2013-05-07.
  12. Ukraine celebrates National Flag Day, Xinhua News Agency (23 August 2012)
    Ceremony of hoisting Ukraine's national flag held at presidential administration, Kyiv Post (23 August 2011)
    Україна відзначає День Державного прапора On Tuesday, August 23, all of Ukraine celebrates National Flag Day. Measures to raise the national flag are planned throughout the country., 1+1 (23 August 2011)
  13. Vua Bảo Đại đã công bố bản Tuyên Ngôn Độc Lập ?

External links

  • Media related to Flag day at Wikimedia Commons