Republic Day in Tunisia

Observed annually on the 25th of July, Republic Day is a public holiday in Tunisia. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the vote to abolish the monarchy, which took place on July 25, 1957. After the Republic of Tunisia was established, Habib Bourguiba became the first president of the country and ruled for over three decades.

Today, the holiday is observed with a prominent display of the Tunisian flag on government buildings, businesses, and private homes. It is also a day filled with fairs, festivals, and parades. It is a patriotic holiday that Tunisians of any age can enjoy.

The History of Republic Day in Tunisia

During the 19th century, Tunisia became a French protectorate and remained so for the next few decades. Then, an independence movement began during the 1920s, which led to the creation of the Destour political party. This was followed by the creation of the Neo Destour party in the 1930s, a party led by Habib Bourguiba.

Bourguiba led Tunisia to independence in March of 1956 as a constitutional monarchy. Bourguiba became the Prime Minister, and Muhammad VIII al-Amin became king. However, this new government was seen as pro-France, so the political structure of the country was changed to a republic instead of a constitutional monarchy.

On July 25, 1957, the king abdicated, the monarchy was abolished, and the Republic of Tunisia was created. Bourguiba became the first president and ruled for 31 years. He was finally deposed in a coup d’état.

Observing Republic Day in Tunisia

Not only do people fly the flag of Tunisia on this day, but the flag is also displayed on many government buildings and businesses. People also attend some of the many fairs and exhibitions that happen on this holiday and enjoy Tunisian food such as couscous, merguez, and chorba.

Where is it celebrated?
Tunisia (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 25 Thursday
Next year (2025)
July 25 Friday
Last year (2023)
July 25 Tuesday