Armenia celebrates its Independence Day on 21 September to remember the day in 1991 when Armenia declared itself independent of the USSR.
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The original declaration of independence from the USSR actually occurred on 23 August 1990, but this was done by the Supreme Soviet of Armenian SSR and was premature. It led nowhere. It was only after a referendum of the people was held in 1991 in which 99 percent voted for independence that the “real” declaration of Armenian independence took place.
After long periods of conquest and oppression by Russia and the Ottoman Empire, it was a truly amazing event when Armenia became an independent nation again in 1991.
On 21 September in Armenia, thousands of people crown into Yerevan and other cities to take part in Independence Day events. There are many public performances, the flag is on display everywhere, and the people are out and about and in a truly festive mood.