Flag And Independence Day

Flag and Independence Day is a public holiday that’s observed in Albania and commemorates the Albanian Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28th in 1912. This is when the Albanian flag was raised in Vlorë for the first time. This event coincided with the same day that the Albanian feudal lord and military commander raised the Albanian flag in Krujë in 1443.

This holiday isn’t just celebrated as a holiday in Albania, however. It’s also celebrated in Kosovo and among the Albanian diaspora. In Kosovo, it’s known as the Day of Albanians, but it’s only an observance. In Albanian, however, this is a non-working day and a day when many schools, businesses, and non-essential government facilities close.

The History Of Flag And Independence Day In Albania

By the fifteenth century, the Ottoman Empire’s influence and control of southeastern Europe were expanding and it control most of the area of what is now modern-day Albania. They had only controlled the area for a few decades, however, before a local revolt began by Skanderbeg in 1443. He was a feudal lord and military commander that had deserted the Ottoman military. He immediately became a national hero for the Albanians and fought for almost 25-years against the Ottomans.

After Skanderbeg died, Albanian would once again come under Ottoman control in 1479. It would remain a part of this empire until right before the First World War. Following the Ottoman’s defeat in the Balkan Wars, the Empire had become weakened and Albanians saw an opportunity to claim their independence. The 1912 Albanian Uprising would lead Ismail Qemali, the leader of the Albanian national movement, to declare Albanian Independence on November 28th, 1912.

Observing Flag And Independence Day In Albania

In Albania and among the Albanian diaspora, this holiday is extremely important and is the first day of a two-day holiday. There’s an Independence Day parade that takes place in Albanian’s capital, Tirana.

There are also ceremonies and concerts organized all across the country. Above the capital, the Albanian Flag is raised while important government officials watch on. The day also features Albanian dancers and musicians, and people visit the National Martyr’s Cemetery.

Where is it celebrated?
Albania (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
November 28 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
November 28 Thursday
Last year (2022)
November 28 Monday