Liberation Day in Kuwait

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

On this day, people also remember the hundreds of prisoners of war who still remain in the hands of Iraq. Since this holiday falls the day after National Day, most people celebrate both holidays as one long two-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 remained a British Protectorate until 1961 when it gained independence, and Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah became the Emir of the country.

After a revenue dispute over an oil field, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Simultaneously, Iraqi forces began bombing the city. Six days later, the government of Kuwait was replaced by an Iraqi governor.

The United Nations Security Council gave Iraq a deadline of January 15, 1991, to withdraw its forces from Kuwait. When the deadline passed without action from Iraq, Operation Desert Storm began—a coalition led by the United States. Iraqi forces were no match for coalition forces, and the ground war lasted only four days. By February 26, 1991, all Iraqi forces had left Kuwait.

Observing Liberation Day in Kuwait

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

Where is it celebrated?
Kuwait (Official holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
February 26 Monday
Next year (2025)
February 26 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
February 26 Sunday