Coat of Arms of the First Republic of Armenia
When is Armenian Republic Day?
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|The First Republic of Armenia was established in 1918 after the collapse of the Russian Empire|
Republic Day is a public holiday in Armenia on 28 May, that marks the anniversary of the First Armenian Republic in 1918.
It is also known as Day of Restoration of sovereignty and is considered to be Armenia's National Day.
History of Armenian Republic Day
From the 15th century, Armenia had been part of the Ottoman Empire. By the 19th century most of modern-day Armenia had come under the control of the Russian Empire.
With the Russian revolution ending the empire and the collapse of the Democratic Republic of Transcaucasia, the Armenian National Council Declared its sovereignty on 28 May 1918 and the First Armenian Republic was proclaimed, restoring Armenian statehood after six centuries of foreign control.
The republic proved to be short lived. On 2 December 1920, the Armenian government headed by Prime Minister Simon Vratsyan signed a treaty with the Bolsheviks and the Red Army entered Armenia and proclaimed it a Soviet Republic. The Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic became a founding member of the Soviet Union in 1922.
Armenia regained its independence as the current Republic of Armenia on 21 September 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Armenia was the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union. This event is celebrated on Independence Day.
How is Armenia Republic Day Celebrated?
Republic Day is celebrated with an annual military parade. The President of Armenia will visit the Sardarapat Memorial to commemorate an important battle that the fledgling republic fought against the Turks in 1918. The day is also marked with fireworks, concerts, torchlight marches and parties.
Celebrations will be extra special in 2018 as Armenia marks the centennial of this key event in Armenia's history.