Afghanistan Independence

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2022 DateAugust 19, 2022
2023 DateAugust 19, 2023
Afghanistan Independence

Afghanistan Independence History

Afghanistan Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, which put an end to British rule. Although Afghanistan was never a part of the British Empire, the British did control many of its territories. After Afghanistan lost the second of three Anglo-Afghan wars, the British gained control over their entire foreign policy. After the third war, Afghanistan was able to gain their independence. This day is observed annually on August 19th. Many celebrations and ceremonies are typically held.

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Afghanistan Independence Facts & Quotes

  • The Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 concluded the 3rd Anglo-Afghan war and recognized Afghanistan's independence. It also guaranteed neutrality between Afghanistan and Britain.
  • The Afghanistan flag is black, red and green. According to The Embassy of Afghanistan in the U.S, Black represents the occupation of foreigners, the Red represents the blood of freedom fighters, and the Green represents freedom and Islam. The national emblem in the middle of the flag has the words, there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet and Allah is Great.
  • The first democratically elected president of Afghanistan was Hamid Karzai. He was elected in 2004.

Afghanistan Independence Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Taq-e Zafar in Paghman, Afghanistan. It is a ceremonial arch that was built to commemorate Afghanistan's independence in 1928.
  • Enjoy traditional Afghan dishes. Some popular items include Haft mewa (dried fruit and nut soup), Chopan kabob (roasted lamb meat), and Kabuli pulao(meat and rice pilaf).
  • Watch an in-depth video about Afghanistan's independence. This video looks at Afghanistan's 100 years of independence and explores what it took to achieve it.

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