Independence Day of Armenia
Festivals and Events
Learn the history of the most important holiday in Armenia and get ready to celebrate it.
History of the Independence Day
Fall is one of the most important season in Armenia due to all the prominent holidays and events that take place throughout it. One of these holidays happens to be the Independence Day of Armenia. This public holiday celebrates the restoration of the Armenian Republic back in the 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Declaration of Independence was originally adopted during a session of the Supreme Council of Armenia on August 23, 1990. By this document, the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic was renamed to be the Republic of Armenia.
A year later, on September 21, 1991, by the decision of the Supreme Council of Armenia, a referendum was held on the topic of withdrawal of the country from Soviet Republic and the establishment of an independent statehood. 94.99% of citizens who took part in the referendum, voted in favor of the decision. Two days later, on September 23, the Supreme Council proclaimed Armenia an independent state. Later that year Levon Ter-Petrosyan was elected the first president of Armenia.
Celebration all around the country
Annually various festivities are held throughout the country in the celebration of the holiday. Most of the events are concentrated in the centre of the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. Each year in the spiritual center of Armenia, the Holy Cathedral of Echmiadzin, a prayer service is served. Additionally on this day, the state is known to award various people for their achievements in the fields of public administration, economy, defense, science, culture.
Military Parades are also common in honor of the Independence Day. The parades are usually held in the Republic Square and require the attendance of the president and the prime minister of the country. Anyone interested in the parade can watch it in person in the Republic Square or live on their TVs. The most recent military parade took place in 2016.
Welcome to the Republic Square to be part of it!