Anniversary Of The Revolution in Algeria
Celebrated as a national holiday in Algeria, the Anniversary of the Revolution is a day off for the general population and is a day on which most schools, businesses, and government offices are closed. Falling on the 1st day in November annually, this holiday commemorates the beginning of the war between Algeria and France — a war that would end with Algerian independence.
Even though it’s a public holiday and a day off for many people, it’s a holiday that’s mainly celebrated at the government level. However, there are smaller events across the country that feature food, music, and patriotic events.
The History Of The Anniversary Of The Revolution In Algeria
In 1830, the French invaded Algeria and by 1848, they had full control of Algeria and had become a part of the Algerian government. At the time, the native Muslims lacked basic human rights, while the immigrating Europeans enjoyed a greater base of rights in the country.
This situation would lead to the founding of the National Liberation Front (FLN) on November 1st, 1954 by Algerian Muslims. The purpose of this guerrilla organization was to protect the right of Algerian natives, all while pushing for independence from France. The FLN began a number of attacks against the Algerian military and police, and this ended up starting a war.
The Algerian War of Independence lasted for approximately seven years. The result of this was that Algeria would finally obtain independence after over a century of French rule. To prevent further uprisings, the French granted Morocco and Tunisia independence.
Observing The Anniversary Of The Revolution In Algeria
This holiday is mainly observed by official government ceremonies, but that doesn’t mean that the average Algerian doesn’t also celebrate this holiday. Aside from the political speeches, rallies, and parades, there are concerts, seminars, and sporting events.
Algerians also gather with their friends and family members to enjoy a roast with veggies and pasta or other Algerian dishes. It’s a time for all Algerians to take pride in their country and to show their patriotism.