Independence Restoration Day (Georgia)

Independence Restoration Day is a public holiday in Georgia, and it is observed on April 9 each year.

Independence Restoration Day commemorates the anniversary when Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union on April 9, 1991.

In 1795, the Qajar dynasty of Iran invaded Georgia and established Persian rule over Georgia. In 1801, the Emperor of Russia signed a decree on the incorporation of Georgia, and Georgia was incorporated into the Russian Empire.

Following the Russian Revolution in October 1917, the Russian Empire was dissolved. Three nations Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan formed the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic (TDFR). Shortly after, Georgia declared independence on May 26, 1918.

However, the independence only lasted less than 3 years, and the Red Army invaded and occupied Georgia in 1921. In 1978, Soviet power and Georgian nationalism clashed when Moscow ordered to change the status of Georgia's official language.

On April 9, 1989, Soviet military was used to break up a peaceful demonstration. 20 Georgians were killed and hundreds of people were wounded, which sparked the independence in Georgia. On March 31, 1991, a referendum on independence was organized and 98.9% of voters approved the independence. On April 9, 1991, Georgia proclaims the restoration of the independent state of Georgia.

The following is the list of Independence Restoration Day in Georgia from 2021 to 2025.

HolidayDateWeekday
Independence Restoration DayApr 09, 2021Friday
Independence Restoration DayApr 09, 2022Saturday
Independence Restoration DayApr 09, 2023Sunday
Independence Restoration DayApr 09, 2024Tuesday
Independence Restoration DayApr 09, 2025Wednesday

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