Independence Day in Guinea

Independence Day in Guinea is observed on the 2nd day of October and commemorates the date in 1958 when the country became an independent republic. Guinea is a country that’s located in West Africa and is home to approximately 13+ million people. The holiday that celebrates its independence is observed all across the country with sporting events, dances, and even parades.

It’s a public holiday for the country as well, so it’s a day off for the general public, and many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed. It’s a day for all residents of the country to enjoy time with loved ones and to celebrate their hard-fought freedom.

The History Of Independence Day In Guinea

During the 15th century, Guinea began to be colonized by European explores, beginning first with the Portuguese. They would use the coastal regions at first, using them for ports and as a staging ground for the slave trade. When the French arrived during the middle of the 19th century to place a claim on the area, the ruler of Fouta Djallon placed his territory under the protection of the French.

The Malinke State, on the other hand, resisted the occupation of the country by the French military until the end of the 19th century. Eventually, however, the entire country would fall under the control of French forces by 1915. In 1891, Rivières du Sud was a French protectorate that became separate from the colony of Senegal.

It became French Guinea and it would join the Federation of West Africa. On the 2nd of October in 1958, Guinea would become independent and Sekou Toure would become its new president.

Observing Independence Day In Guinea

All across Guinea, this holiday is celebrated with parades, dances, and sporting events. There are also cultural events, and people typically spend the day with loved ones to enjoy communal feasts. Other observations on this day include fireworks, parties, and political speeches.

Where is Independence Day in Guinea celebrated?

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