Published on : Saturday, July 5, 2014
July 5 is celebrated in Algeria as its Independence Day, in remembrance of actual independence from France in 1962. After being taken by the French in 1830, Algeria remained under France’s control for 132 years. July 5 is a public holiday for the country.
The French conquest of the country was met with great resistance, but finally in 1958 with the collapse of the ‘Fourth Republic’ many European settlers moved to settle down in Algeria. In 1954, the National Liberation Front (FLN) impelled the Algerian War of Independence which continued for nearly a decade to thwart off the French rulers in 1962 which led to the establishment of independence in Algeria.
Hectic preparations are marked before the arrival of the actual day with young boys and girls taking active part in the social functions. The major cities of Algeria display an array of multi-cultural activities to attract huge crowds from different corners of the society. The significance of Independence Day in Algeria lies in the fact that it’s that time of the year when the head of the country address the whole nation about the achievements and aspirations of the country. Independence Day in Algeria is marked by the diversity of cultural influences in the Algerian society. It is a day that is celebrated with passion. Algerians take to the streets and attend celebrations wearing the national color of green. Military parades are also common.