Namibia Day

26 Aug 2019  Mon

Also known as the Heroes' Day, Namibia Day is a national public holiday recognized by the United Nations. It is celebrated annually on 26 August in the commemoration of the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966.

Rich in diamonds and precious metals, Namibia was a colony of Germany. After the defeat of Germany in World War I, Namibia was made a mandate of the League of Nations. West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) at that time prepared for armed resistance and founded its armed wing, the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) in 1962.

With Omugulugwombashe as the chief training camp, PLAN began the freedom struggle. On 26 August 1966, eight helicopters of the South African Defence Force attacked the guerrilla fighters at Omugulugwombashe. This was the beginning of the end of foreign rule over Namibia. In commemoration of the day, August 26 is a public holiday in Namibia. It is recognized by the United Nations as Namibia Day but Namibians refer to it as Heroes' Day.

Government of India stood with the righteous cause of Namibia for the struggle against colonialism and independence. India feels privileged to observe 26th August 1975 as the Namibia Day. To commemorate the event India Post issued a Special postage Stamp of 25 paise.

The stamp depicts Rays of Sun as a symbol of hope in the background and is inscribed in “Namibia Day” in English and “Namibia Divas” in Hindi along with the name of country, date and the denomination in red.

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