Armed Forces Day in Egypt

In Egypt, the 6th of October is celebrated every year as Armed Forces Day. This day commemorates the beginning of the Yom Kippur War, also known as the October War, that occurred on that date in 1973. Egypt was victorious over Israel during the war, and it is this victory, as well as the crossing of the Suez Canal, that is celebrated on this day.

This day was recently made a national holiday so that Egyptian citizens could not only commemorate the win but also pay tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed themselves in military service. As such, it is a day off for the general population.

The History Of Armed Forces Day In Egypt

In June of 1967, Egypt lost control of the Sinai Peninsula during the Six-Day War with Israel. On October 6, 1973, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat carried out a surprise attack in an attempt to recapture the region. Although Egyptians saw initial success, they were eventually forced to retreat by the advancing Israeli army.

This war would end in a ceasefire that was negotiated by the U.S. The assault didn’t liberate the Sinai Peninsula, but it did lead to talks at Camp David that were organized by then U.S. President Jimmy Carter. These talks would result in the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty in 1979, which would return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

Observing Armed Forces Day In Egypt

This holiday is a day off for the general population, and non-essential government offices, schools, and many businesses are closed for the day. It is also a day that sees its share of parades, music, and fireworks.

It is a day for all Egyptians to come together and celebrate their freedom and their armed forces. It is also a day for them to consider the hefty price that people who have served and have lost their lives have had to pay.

Where is it celebrated?
Egypt (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
October 6 Sunday
Next year (2025)
October 6 Monday
Last year (2023)
October 6 Friday