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Freedom Day (Belarus)
|Official name||Дзень Волі|
|Observed by||Belarus, Belarusian diaspora|
|Related to||Declaration of independence by the Belarusian Democratic Republic in 1918|
Freedom Day (Belarusian: Дзень Волі) is an unofficial holiday in Belarus, which is celebrated on March 25 to commemorate the declaration of independence by the Belarusian Democratic Republic on that date in 1918.
In the United States, governors and US presidents, including Dwight Eisenhower Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, have traditionally issued official greetings to the Belarusian American community on the occasion of March 25.
In today's Belarus, people and groups largely opposed to the current Belarusian government under president Alexander Lukashenko celebrate the holiday. The government does not recognize it for the stated reason that the Belarusian Democratic Republic was created by the Germans, who were occupying Belarus in 1918. Celebrations of the holiday are an annual occasion for anti-government protests.
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