Paraguay Independence Day around the world in 2020

Paraguay Independence Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Paraguay Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 212 days.
  Dates of Paraguay Independence Day around the world
2021 ParaguayMay 14, May 15
Paraguay Sat, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Paraguay Fri, May 14National Holiday
2020 ParaguayMay 14, May 15
Paraguay Fri, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Paraguay Thu, May 14National Holiday
2019 ParaguayMay 14, May 15
Paraguay Wed, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Paraguay Tue, May 14National Holiday
2018 ParaguayMay 14, May 15
Paraguay Tue, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Paraguay Mon, May 14National Holiday
2017 ParaguayMay 14, May 15
Paraguay Mon, May 15National Holiday (additional day)
Paraguay Sun, May 14National Holiday
  Summary
Spanish authority in Paraguay was overthrown by an uprising on May 14th and 15th 1811

When is Independence Day?

This public holiday is celebrated on May 14th. The holiday lasts for two days and May 15th is the National Day of Paraguay.

Known in Spanish as 'Día de la Independencia Nacional', this holiday celebrates Paraguay's independence from Spain in 1811.

History of the Independence Day

Paraguay was first colonised by the Spanish in the 16th century. The settlement of Asunción, now the capital of Paraguay, was founded by the Spanish on Ascension Day (August 15th) 1537.

The region had shown dissent against the Spanish for several years and tension had risen in the early years of the nineteenth century due to the growing influence of Argentina in the area.

Some bad decisions by the Governor had weakened Spanish presence, which was already affected by the Napoleonic Wars, enabling the Paraguayans, led by a lawyer, Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia., to overthrow the Spanish in a fairly bloodless revolution on May 14th 1811.

As a result Paraguay became the second independent nation in the new world - United States was the first. Dr. Francia became the first President of Paraguay, ruling from 1814 to 1840.

He was influential in the design of the flag of Paraguay, which uniquely is the only national flag in the world that has a different image on each side.

Mother's Day

In Paraguay, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 15th, on the same day as Independence Day. The date was chosen to honor Juan María De Lara who played a large role in the country's independence.

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