Bonus List

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
COUNTRIES WHERE THEIR NATIONAL HOLIDAY (SUCH AS INDEPENDENCE DAY) IS CLOSEST TO DECEMBER 25

Some countries (whether or not they celebrate Christmas) have their national holiday (usually based on independence) close to Christmas (including two that gained independence on January 1). Here are the countries with their national holidays closest to December 25.

COUNTRY (NATIONAL HOLIDAY)
1. Japan (Birthday of Emperor Akihito)
2. Haiti (Independence Day)
2. Sudan (Independence Day)
2. Niger (Republic Day)
5. Bhutan (National Day)
6. Bahrain (National Day)
7. Burma (Independence Day)
8. Kenya (Independence Day)
9. Burkina Faso (Republic Day)
9. Iran (Revolution Day)*
DATE
December 23
January 1
January 1
December 18
December 17
December 16
January 4
December 12
December 11
December 11
* This is just one of several widely-celebrated holidays commemorating Iran's past.


Source of Data: CIA World Factbook, 2004.




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