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Albania celebrates 100 years of independence (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Albania celebrates 100 years of independence from the Ottoman Empire, declared on November 28, 1912.

Albanians flooded Tirana's main square wearing red and black, with faces painted and ready to eat a giant cake made to look like their country's flag.

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An Ethnic Albanian boy waves an Albanian flag during a rally marking the Albanian Flag Day on November 28, 2012 in Presevo, southern Serbia. At least 2,000 ethnic Albanians, who form a majority in this region bordering Kosovo, gathered today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28,1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire.

(SASA DJORDJEVIC - AFP/Getty Images)
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A boy, whose face is painted with a national flag, takes part in the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012 in Tirana. 'November 28 is a day of celebration for all the Albanians wherever they are as this is the day of independence, marking the sacrifices and also the dreams of better future,' Albanian president Bujar Nishani told the joyful crowd waving the state flags, red with black eagle.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Albanians take part in celebrations on the main square of Tirana, marking the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012. 'November 28 is a day of celebration for all the Albanians wherever they are as this is the day of independence, marking the sacrifices and also the dreams of better future,' Albanian president Bujar Nishani told the joyful crowd waving the state flags, red with black eagle.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Cooks cut a huge cake, with the Albanian flag symbols, measuring 550 meters square, on the main boulevard of Tirana on November 28, 2012. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28, 1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire with a military parade in Tirana.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Children eat peaces of a huge cake, with the Albanian flag symbols, measuring 550 meters square, on the main boulevard of Tirana on November 28, 2012. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28, 1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire with a military parade in Tirana.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Albanian musicians perform in the main square in Tirana, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28, 1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire with a military parade in Tirana.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Albanians dance in the main street of Tirana, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012. 'November 28 is a day of celebration for all the Albanians wherever they are as this is the day of independence, marking the sacrifices and also the dreams of better future,' Albanian president Bujar Nishani told the joyful crowd waving the state flags, red with black eagle.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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Ethnic Albanians waves Albanian flags during a rally marking the Albanian Flag Day on November 28, 2012 in Presevo, southern Serbia. At least 2,000 ethnic Albanians, who form a majority in this region bordering Kosovo, gathered today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence. Albania marks 100 years of modern statehood by commemorating the November 28,1912 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire.

(SASA DJORDJEVIC - AFP/Getty Images)
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Albanian army units stand during celebrations on the main square of Tirana, marking the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012. 'November 28 is a day of celebration for all the Albanians wherever they are as this is the day of independence, marking the sacrifices and also the dreams of better future,' Albanian president Bujar Nishani told the joyful crowd waving the state flags, red with a black eagle.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Albanian honor guard stands during a military parade on the main boulevard in Tirana marking the 100th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 2012. 'November 28 is a day of celebration for all the Albanians wherever they are as this is the day of independence, marking the sacrifices and also the dreams of better future,' Albanian president Bujar Nishani told the joyful crowd waving the state flags, red with black eagle.

(GENT SHKULLAKU - AFP/Getty Images)
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