Independence Of British Somaliland

In the Federal Republic of Somalia, June 26th holds significant importance. It is a national holiday that commemorates the independence of British Somaliland on June 26, 1960, and is aptly named Independence Day.

Somalia is a country located on the Horn of Africa, and its position has made it an important trading post for hundreds of years. Its location also ensured that the country would become a prime target for Europeans looking to colonize the continent. It was divided into British and Italian Somaliland until it became an independent state.

The History of Independence Day in Somalia

During the late 19th century, Somalia was divided into British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland as colonies of their respective countries. This remained the case until World War II, when Italian Somaliland invaded the British portion of the country. After Italy’s defeat in the war, these territorial gains were reversed.

The British government decided in May of 1960 to grant independence to British Somaliland, and a resolution to that effect was passed in April of 1960 by the Legislative Council of British Somaliland. On June 26, 1960, British Somaliland declared its independence.

The new State of Somaliland lasted for approximately five days until it united with the Trust Territory of Somaliland under Italian Administration. This union formed the Somali Republic on July 1, 1960. That day is also celebrated as a national holiday known as Somali Republic Day.

Observing Independence Day in Somalia

This holiday is celebrated with fairs, parades, and other cultural events throughout Somalia. People take the day to spend time with family and friends, enjoying traditional music and dancing.

It is also a day to enjoy good food together, with dishes such as Sambusa, Malawah, and Somali Chai Tea taking center stage on the dinner table. The hashtag #IndependenceDaySomalia can be used to share this holiday across the World Wide Web.

Where is it celebrated?
Somalia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 26 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
June 26 Thursday
Last year (2023)
June 26 Monday