Revolution Day in Syria
Revolution Day is a national holiday in Syria that is observed annually on March 8th. It commemorates the Syrian coup d’état that caused power in the country to be seized by the military committee of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party. Although this coup was originally supposed to fall on March 7th, it had to be postponed due to being discovered by authorities.
The planning of this event was inspired by a similar coup d’état that took place in Iraq just a month earlier. Since this is a national public holiday, the general population has the day off in Syria. Most schools, government buildings, and businesses are also closed on this day.
The History of Revolution Day in Syria
Two years after Syria ended its union with Egypt, the Revolution was launched in Syria on March 8, 1963. It was staged by Ziad al-Hariri and the Ba’ath Party. The new rulers of Syria would then establish the National Council for the Revolutionary Command.
Interesting Facts About Syria
Below are just a small handful of some of the interesting facts we’ve learned about Syria.
- The two stars on the Flag of Syria represent the previous union the country had with Egypt.
- Lake Assad is the largest lake in Syria. It’s a man-made lake that has a surface area of 610 square kilometers.
- April 1st is the Assyrian New Year.
- In December 2015, the U.S. completed 9,000 airstrikes in Syria.
- Pompey the Great invaded Syria during the reign of Julius Caesar.
- In Syria, beer is produced by the state.
- The Mesopotamian Civilization began in Ancient Syria. That’s why it’s known as the cradle of civilization.
Observing Revolution Day in Syria
This holiday is celebrated with military parades all across Syria. Since it’s a day off for the general population, many people use this day to also spend time with friends and family members. The hashtag #RevolutionDaySyria is used internationally to spread the word about this holiday.