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Google Doodle commemorates Armenia’s Independence Day today

Google Doodle marks Armenia's Independence Day today. Referendum in 1991 declared independence from Soviet Union.

Google Doodle marks Armenia’s Independence Day, celebrated with public festivities and traditional cuisine.Premium
Google Doodle marks Armenia’s Independence Day, celebrated with public festivities and traditional cuisine.

Google Doodle commemorates Armenia’s Independence Day today. The Armenian National Assembly held a referendum on 21 September in 1991 that declared independence from the Soviet Union. 


The overwhelming majority of the country's citizens voted in favour of this momentous step towards sovereignty. Levon Ter-Petrosyan was elected as Armenia's first president one month later. He faced numerous challenges as he began his tenure, including the establishment of democratic government structures. 

Also read: Google Doodle honours German author, feminist, gender equality advocate Hedwig Dohm on her 192nd birthday

In December of that year, following the dissolution of the USSR, the Supreme Council of Armenia declared full sovereignty. This marked the end of nearly seven decades of Soviet rule, realising the long-cherished aspirations of the Armenian people.

Also read: Google Doodle celebrates ‘Respect for the Aged Day', a day to honor elders


Independence Day in Armenia involves public celebrations, featuring fireworks displays, musical concerts, lively parades and more. The heart of the festivities takes place at Republic Square in the capital city of Yerevan. Armenians indulge in national delicacies, savouring dishes like khorovats (grilled pork skewers), harissa (a hearty porridge crafted from wheat and meat) and dzhash (a flavourful vegetable stew).

Yesterday, Google Doodle issued a doodle in honour of German author Hedwig Dohm on her 192nd birthday. She was a pioneering feminist and a strong advocate for gender equality. Dohm decided to pursue a career as a writer. Her first work, "Was die Pastoren von den Frauen denken" (What the Clergy Thinks About Women), was a response to conservative writings that argued against higher education for women.

She gained fame for her essays, including "Die Antifeministen" (The Antifeminists), which dissected those opposing women's rights. During this period, Dohm was one of the few German feminists advocating for women's right to vote. She further continued to write books like "Sibilla Dalmar," "Schicksale einer Seele" and "Christa Rolan," often telling stories of contemporary women struggling against patriarchal societies.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2023, 06:57 AM IST
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