Liberation And Resistance Day
Resistance and Liberation Day is a public holiday observed annually on May 25th in Lebanon. This holiday celebrates and commemorates the end of Israel’s two-decade-long military occupation of the country’s southern region in 2000. This day is celebrated each year with a variety of events.
Events include political speeches and rallies, parades, festivals, and conferences. It is also a day when people highlight the reconstruction efforts in Lebanon and the work being done to repair some of its crumbling infrastructure—especially roads and bridges that were affected by Israeli airstrikes.
The History of Resistance and Liberation Day in Lebanon
Israeli forces invaded southern Lebanon on June 6, 1982, to attack the PLO, which was operating in the region at the time. This invasion sparked the 1982 Lebanon War.
The Lebanon War ended in 1985, but Israeli troops remained in southern Lebanon. On May 24, 2000, a full Israeli withdrawal took place. Not long after, Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss declared Resistance and Liberation Day a national holiday.
Interesting Facts About Lebanon
Below are several facts about Lebanon to consider on this holiday, or on any other day of the year. Let’s take a quick peek at them before discussing how Resistance and Liberation Day is celebrated in Lebanon.
- During the 1960s, Lebanon was known as the Switzerland of the East.
- In 332 BCE, Alexander the Great conquered the area where Lebanon is now located.
- Lebanon has seven main political parties.
Observing Resistance and Liberation Day in Lebanon
This holiday is observed in various ways. There are political speeches, parades, and other special events, particularly in southern Lebanon, where this holiday is celebrated with more enthusiasm.