Afghanistan Celebrates 101 Years of Nationhood

Afghanistan's Independence Day is celebrated every year on August 19 to observe the Treaty of Rawalpindi which was signed in 1919 between Britain and Afghanistan. The treaty restored complete sovereignty to the country. This year, it commemorates 101 years of independence from British rule amidst the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Jeshn”, Afghan Day or the Independence Day is occasion to celebrate the glorious past and national pride of the country. The day is a national holiday, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The presidential address to the nation, the military parade, display of the country's national costumes and national dance, atan, are some of the activities that mark the celebrations of the Independence Day. The period of Jeshn has also often has been used for major policy announcements.