Liberation Day (Hong Kong)

Liberation Day

Liberation of Hong Kong in 1945
Official name 重光紀念日
Observed by Hong Kong
Type War Memorial
Significance commemorates liberation from Japanese occupation
Date Last Monday in August
2015 date August 31  (2015-08-31)
2016 date August 29  (2016-08-29)
2017 date August 28  (2017-08-28)
2018 date August 27  (2018-08-27)
Frequency annual
First time 1946
Last time 1996 (officially)
Related to Victory over Japan Day
Liberation Day
Chinese 重光紀念日
Literal meaning "Recover Light Memorial Day"

During British rule, Liberation Day celebration took place in Hong Kong on the last Monday in August to commemorate the liberation of Hong Kong from Japanese occupation in 1945.[1] No official ceremonies have taken place in Hong Kong since 1997. Nevertheless, unofficial delegations do mark events at The Cenotaph, and the flag poles are occasionally dressed.

Memorial Day of the War of Resistance[2] was created after 1997 but in fact referred to the war events on the Chinese mainland rather than the Battle that took place in Hong Kong and the subsequent Occupation which is part of Imperial Japan's Pacific Campaign. Historians consider the Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War as two distinct concepts and they should be treated as separate historic developments.


  2. King-fai Tam; Timothy Y. Tsu; Sandra Wilson (24 October 2014). Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War. Routledge. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-1-317-65046-1.
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