Independence Day in Algeria
Independence Day in Algeria is observed annually on July 5th and celebrates the country’s independence from France in the 1960s. Algerians love to celebrate this holiday and it’s often observed with the nations’ green and white flag being flown from homes, government offices, and businesses all across the country.
It’s also a day when Algerians attend concerts, theater events, and cultural events. On top of all of these celebrations are patriotic parades and people taking time to enjoy some truly delicious Algerian meals such as Chekhchoukha, Usban, and Al-Shetitha. And since it’s a public holiday, it’s also a day off for the general population.
The History Of Independence Day In Algeria
From the 16th century to the 19th century, Algeria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Then in 1830, France invaded the country. It was then run by France as a colony and they encouraged emigration from Europe into the country. This prompted dissatisfaction among the local Muslim population and this would lead to the uprising known as Toussaint Rouge.
Toussaint Rouge, or Red All Saint’s Day, was the beginning of the war of independence in Algeria. Although France waged a successful military campaign, the war was extremely brutal and further alienated Algerians from the French.
This would lead to the Evian Accords being signed by France and Algerian in March of 1962. This granted Algeria independence on July 5th of that year. After sovereignty was secured, Independence Day was designated a National Holiday in Algeria.
Observing Independence Day In Algeria
Whether Algerians are flying the flag of their country, having a feast with friends or family members, or attending one of the many independence day parades, it’s all done with a lot of enthusiasm on this day.
It’s also a day in which people attend street fairs, concerts, and other cultural events. Above all, this is a holiday on which Algerians can take the time to take pride in their country and show off their patriotism.