This year marks the 75th year of India’s independence from a long and tumultuous 200 years under the rule of the imperial British Empire. On this day we celebrate the sacrifices of our countrymen and the freedom fighters that fought for our freedom from the colonizers by hosting parades and hoisting the national flag. It would however be of interest to note that India is not the only country that celebrates the 15th of August as a national holiday for when the country was liberated from the clutches of oppressors.
North Korea and South Korea, both annually mark the 15th of August as the National Liberation day. This is the only common public holiday shared by these two countries. Today was the day that the U.S. allied forces decisively beat Japan thus ending World War II and in turn helping to free the Korean peninsula from under 35 years of Japanese Colonial rule. In South Korea, it is referred to as Gwangbokjeol which translates to “the day light returned” and in North Korea it is called Chogukhaebanghui nal or the “Liberation of Fatherland Day”.