Liberation Day in Kuwait

Liberation Day in Kuwait is observed annually on the 26th of February. This holiday commemorates the day when Kuwait was liberated from Iraqi occupation in 1991. This is a holiday that’s celebrated with parades and public gatherings that are not only organized by the government but are also organized by different religious and civic groups as well.

On this day, people also remember the hundreds of prisoners of war who still remain in the hands of Iraq. Since this holiday falls on the day after National Day—most people celebrate both holidays as one long 2-day holiday.

The History Of Liberation Day In Kuwait

During the 17th century, Kuwait was established as a fishing village, but by the end of the 19th century, it had come under British control. Kuwait would remain a British Protectorate until 1961 when it became independent and Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah would become the Emir of the country.

After a revenue dispute over an oil field, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990. At the same time, Iraqi forces would start bombing the city as well. Six days later, the government of Kuwait was replaced by an Iraqi governor.

The United Nations Security Council would give Iraq a deadline of January 15, 1991, to withdraw its forces out of Kuwait. When the deadline passed without action on the part of Iraq, Operation Desert Storm would begin—a coalition that was led by the United States. Iraqi forces were no match for coalition forces, and the ground war would only last four days. By February 26, 1991, all Iraqi forces would leave Kuwait.

Observing Liberation Day In Kuwait

This holiday is usually celebrated in conjunction with Kuwait’s National Day, so people can enjoy a 2-day holiday. People celebrate this extended holiday with parades and public gatherings that are organized by various organizations and groups. It’s a holiday that’s also enjoyed with friends, family, and food.

Where is it celebrated?
Kuwait (Official holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
February 26 Sunday
Next year (2024)
February 26 Monday
Last year (2022)
February 26 Saturday