Falklands Day

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Falklands Day
Observed by Falkland Islanders
Type National day of Falkland Islands.
Date14 August [1] [2] [3]
FrequencyAnnual
Related toFlag of the Falkland Islands.svg  Falkland Islands

Falklands Day is the celebration of the first sighting of the Falkland Islands by John Davis in 1592, and is celebrated on 14 August. [4]

Falkland Islands British Overseas Territory in United Kingdom

The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, and about 752 miles from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles, comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The Falkland Islands' capital is Stanley on East Falkland.

It was once seen as the national day of the Falklands, but has largely been replaced by Liberation Day which commemorates the end of the Falklands War. Falkland Day ceased be to a public holiday in 2002 when the Executive Council moved the holiday to provide for the re-introduction of Peat Cutting Monday, on the first Monday in October. [5]

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Liberation Day (Falkland Islands)

Liberation Day is the national day of the Falkland Islands and commemorates the liberation of the Falkland Islanders from Argentine military occupation at the end of the Falklands War on 14 June 1982.

Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982

The Falklands War was a 10-week undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982 over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic: the Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

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References

  1. "Falkland Day in Falkland Islands". www.timeanddate.com.
  2. "Peoples of the Americas". Marshall Cavendish. 8 August 1999 via Google Books.
  3. "Holiday Article".
  4. "Falklands' Day celebrated on 14 August remembers first recorded sighting by John Davis in 1592". MercoPress. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  5. "Falkland Islands Public Holidays". Falkland Islands government. Retrieved 2018-03-04.