How long until Iraqi Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 350 Days.|
Dates of Iraqi Independence Day
|Marks Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932|
This national holiday is always celebrated on 3 October. Also known as 'National Iraqi Day', Independence Day is Iraq's national holiday and marks Iraq's independence from Britain in 1932.
Until the end of the First World war, Iraq had been part of the Ottoman Empire. Following the collapse of Ottoman rule, Britain took control of Iraq, naming it the 'State of Iraq' and installing the Hashemite King, Faisal I, as their client ruler.
On 3 October 1932, the Kingdom of Iraq was granted its independence by Britain and was admitted to the League of Nations, with King Faisal as its monarch. King Faisal died a year later in 1933 with his son, King Ghazi taking power. The monarchy lasted until 1958 when the 14 July Revolution led to Iraq becoming a republic.
Following the Ba'ath party's accession to power on 17 July 1968, that date was made Iraq's official national day until 2006.
The national flag of Iraq has been in use since 2008. Its design is the same as the flag that was adopted when the Ba'ath party first came to power following a coup in 1963.
The three horizontal bands of red, white and black come from the flag of the short-lived United Arab Republic.
In 2008, the stars in the centre of flag were replaced by the text 'God is great' in Arabic.