Falklands Day for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Monday, August 14th. There are until the next observance.
Every year on August 14, Falkland Day commemorates the first sighting of the Falkland Islands in 1592. During his journey, John Davis first saw the islands, and the festival has since been observed as a kind of heritage day for the people who live there. The Falkland Islands are located off the coast of South America but have been under British control for many years. Even in the twentieth century, it had a turbulent past. Falkland Day was replaced on the calendar in 2002 by Peat Cutting Day. This takes place on the first Monday of October.
📆 When is Falklands Day?
This year, Falklands Day is on August 14th. It is the 2nd Monday in August; in 2024, it is on Wednesday.
→ Did you know: The Falkland Islands are 300 miles from the Patagonian coast, yet 8,050 miles from Britain, the country that governs them.
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📜 History of Falklands Day
Falklands Day has been replaced by Liberation Day. These celebrations have not altered significantly, but they have grown more solemn since the new national day commemorates the conclusion of the war on the islands. The Falklands Conflict was an undeclared war that lasted 10 weeks in 1982. It set the UK and Argentina against each other over a territorial dispute over the islands. Argentina launched an invasion, leading Britain to dispatch its own armed force to safeguard the mostly British colony that had established itself on the territory. The conflict eventually concluded with Britain keeping control of the island.
Since then, the issue of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands has been a source of disagreement between the two administrations. The Falkland Islands are now mentioned in both the British and Argentine constitutions. They are self-governing British Overseas Territories. Also, the people who live on the islands have made it clear that they want to stay under British rule.
☑️ Falklands Day facts
✅ Abundant wildlife
Millions of penguins and other species endemic to the region live on the islands.
✅ Stanley is the place to be
Stanley, the island’s capital, is home to four-fifths of the population.
✅ Sheep Farmers
Outside of Stanley, most of the people live in small, isolated villages where they raise sheep. The wool from these sheep is the island’s main export.
✨ Things to do on Falklands Day
⚡ Go to the museum
There is no better way to honor history than to visit a museum. The Historic Dockyard Museum is a great site to learn about the history of the island.
⚡ Pay respects
Some memorials on the islands pay respect to the troops and people who died during the short battle that occurred there. Whether you’re a native or a tourist, remembering the deceased is a fitting way to celebrate Falkland Day.
⚡ Enjoy the sights
Spend the day exploring local sights such as the numerous shipwrecks off the island’s shore, taking scenic treks in the countryside, or seeing local sites.
📅 Falklands Day Observances
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