Independence Of British Somaliland
In the Federal Republic of Somalia, June 26th has a very important significance. It’s a national holiday that marks the independence of British Somaliland on June 26, 1960, and is aptly called Independence Day.
Somalia is a country that’s located on the horn of Africa and it’s because of its position that it became an important trading post for hundreds of years. Its location also ensured that the country would become a prime location for Europeans who were looking to colonize the continent. It would be divided into British and Italian Somaliland until it was able to become its own independent state.
The History Of Independence Day In Somalia
During the late 19th century, Somalia was divided up into British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland as colonies of their respective countries. This would remain the case until World War II when Italian Somaliland invaded the British portion of the country. After Italy’s defeat in the war, these gains would end up being reversed.
The British government did decide during May of 1960 to grant independence to 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 independence.
The new State of Somaliland lasted for approximately 5-days until it united with the Trust Territory of Somaliland under the Italian Administration. This formed the Somali Republic on July 1, 1960. That day is also celebrated as a national holiday called Somali Republic Day.
Observing Independence Day In Somalia
This holiday is celebrated with fairs, parades, and other cultural events all across Somalia. People take the day to spend time with family and friends to enjoy traditional music and dancing.
It’s also a day to enjoy some good food with each other with dishes such as Sambusa, Malawah, and Somali Chai Tea taking center stage on the dinner table. The hashtag #IndependenceDaySomalia can be used to broadcast this holiday all over the World Wide Web.