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Feb 25, Kuwait: National Day

Kuwait National Day is always celebrated on 25 February. This holiday marks the day when Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah ascended to the throne in 1950.

Normally most countries celebrate their national day on the same date they gained independence. In Kuwait, this would have meant National Day would be on 19 June, marking the date of independence in 1961.

In fact, the first National Day holiday actually took place on this date in 1962. However, it was felt that the holiday should be moved due to the extreme heat in June, and so from 1963, the National Day was moved to 25 February, marking the date that the Sheikh who was in power at the time of independence, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah came to power in 1950.

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Feb 25, India (regional): Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivaratri is a famous Hindu festival celebrated each year in reverence of Lord Shiva.

Shivaratri is celebrated on 13th day of Falgun month - the last month of Hindu calendar.

It is celebrated across India and is a holiday in the following states in 2017: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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Feb 24, Estonia: Independence Day

Estonian Independence Day (Iseseisvuspäev) is a public holiday in Estonia, always celebrated on 24 February. It is Estonia's National Day.

On 24 February 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by a war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty.

On 2 February 1920, the war ended with the Tartu Peace Treaty which guaranteed Estonia's independence for all time.

The Soviets went on to break this pact, however, and Estonia was under Soviet control for 75 years.

Estonians celebrate their Independence Day with a parade, church services, speeches, and concerts in the capital city, Tallinn.

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Feb 24, Defence of the Fatherland Holiday. Public holiday to create a long weekend as the holiday fell on a Thursday http://ht.ly/dyfV3098PQ3

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Feb 24, Mauritius: Maha Shivaratree. In Hindu mythology, Shivaratree symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva. http://ow.ly/Z7zEa

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Feb 24, Sri Lanka: Maha Shivratri. In Hindu mythology, Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva. http://ow.ly/Z7zGl
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Feb 23, National Day. Guyana: Republic Day. Also known as Mashramani, became a republic in 1970 http://ht.ly/CWkg3099mNb

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Feb 23, Russia: Defence of the Fatherland

Defence of the Fatherland day is celebrated on 23 February. It may also be called 'Defence of the Motherland Day'.

The holiday honours those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and those who have served in the past.

During the era of the Soviet Union, it was called Red Army Day or the Day of the Soviet Army and Navy.

In 1918, just after the German had invaded and captured Minsk, the Soviets declared a state of emergency and called for a draft in St. Petersburg. As a result, ten thousand people signed up on 23 February 1918.

In recent years the holiday has become a "Men's Day" holiday, similar to Women's Day which is a public holiday in Russia on 8 March.

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Feb 23, Brunei: National Day

Brunei National Day ('Hari Nasional' in Malay) is always celebrated on 23 February. This holiday marks full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. It is the National Day of Brunei.

Even though Brunei became independent on 1 January 1984, British control over formally ended on 23 February 1984, so it is this date that now commemorates Brunei's independence.

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Feb 22, Saint Lucia: Independence Day

This public holiday in Saint Lucia is always celebrated on 22 February.

It marks the date in 1979, when Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations. On 22 February, Saint Lucia gained full independence under Sir John Compton of the conservative United Workers party (UWP), who later served as prime minister.
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