Independence Day in Yemen
November 30th is a national holiday that’s celebrated in Yemen. This holiday is Independence Day and it commemorates the country’s declaration of independence from the United Kingdom of South Yemen in 1967. It became the Republic of Yemen, the second largest country that’s located on the Arabian Peninsula.
The importance of this holiday is reflected by the number of celebrations that can be observed on this holiday. People all over the country attend parades, festivals, carnivals, and concerts on this day. There are also sporting events and firework displays as well. And because it’s a public holiday, people have the day off and many institutions are closed.
The History Of Independence Day In Yemen
During the 19th century, Great Britain became involved with the region where Yemen now sits because they saw it as an important strategic location. In 1874, it was made the Aden Protectorate and it remain so until after WWII. After this war, there was a cry of Arab nationalism sweeping the region, and with this rise of nationalism came with a particularly strong anti-British sentiment.
Resistance against Great Britain grew and on December 10th, 1963, a state of emergency had been declared in the area. The National Liberation Front increased their guerrilla attacks against British forces and they were forced to withdraw from the region. The NLF would declare the People’s Republic of South Yemen and this country consisted of not only Aden but also the former Protectorate of South Arabia.
Observing Independence Day In Yemen
This holiday is widely observed across Yemen. Not only are there parades, festivals, sporting events, and other activities, but there are also fireworks and cultural exhibitions. Food also plays an important role in this holiday with Saltah, Kabsa, and Fahsa. And Shahi Haleeb, or milk tea, is also an important beverage on this holiday.