Libyan Revolution Day

Libyan Revolution Day is a holiday observed annually on the 17th of February. This holiday commemorates the beginning of the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 and is also known as the Day of Revolt. Protests turned into a full-scale civil war, with Gaddafi’s forces attempting to quell the protests through the use of military force and by releasing prisoners and paying them to fight against the protesters.

This holiday is celebrated with much fanfare and a widespread array of activities. There are not only parades and political speeches given on this day, but also other events held as well.

The History of Libyan Revolution Day

In 2011, the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia were overthrown through what is now known as the Arab Spring Movement. Tensions also began to rise in Libya, with many Libyans upset with Gaddafi’s rule over the country. On February 15, 2011, violent clashes began. In Benghazi, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the police station, and some protesters were killed—which only inflamed the situation.

On February 17th, the Day of Revolt led to thousands of people flooding the streets. Protests were reported in cities all over the country, and Gaddafi ordered his forces to use live ammunition on the crowds. As Gaddafi fought back, Libya descended into a civil war. The war would come to an end in October of that year when Gaddafi’s forces were defeated, and Gaddafi was killed.

The holiday commemorating these events was created not long after, and Libyan Revolution Day has been observed ever since. It’s a holiday that many Libyans look forward to celebrating each year.

Observing Libyan Revolution Day

This holiday is observed through cultural events, parades, and a variety of other festivities. It’s also a day for Libyans to reflect on their history and celebrate it. On social media, the hashtag #LibyanRevolutionDay is often used to discuss this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Libya (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
February 17 Saturday
Next year (2025)
February 17 Monday
Last year (2023)
February 17 Friday