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Liberation Day

Public Holiday in Kuwait

Flag of Kuwait, which celebrates Liberation Day on 26 February

When is Kuwait Liberation Day?

How long until Liberation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 153 Days.
Dates of Liberation Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Tuesday February 26th
2018 Monday February 26th
2017 Sunday February 26th
2016 Friday February 26th
2015 Thursday February 26th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
The Kuwait Government was reinstated at the end of the Gulf War in 1001

Kuwait Liberation Day is always celebrated on 26 February. This holiday marks the day when Kuwait was liberated from Iraqi occupation in 1991.

History of Kuwait Liberation Day

Kuwait was first established as a small fishing village during the seventeenth century. In 1899 Kuwait became a British Protectorate. In 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate and sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah becoming the Emir.

On 2 August 1990, following a dispute over revenue from am oil field, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait and Iraq started bombing Kuwait City. By 8 August 1990, the Kuwaiti government had been replaced by an Iraqi governor.

International outrage at the invasion was widespread. Making no progress by diplomatic means, the UN Security
Council gave Iraq a deadline of 15 January 1991 to withdraw from Kuwait. The deadline passed and the U.S. led coalition forces began their assault on the Iraqi forces on 17 January 1991, known as Operation Desert Storm.

The Iraqi forces proved unable to resist the coalition forces, the ground war only lasted four days and the Iraqi tanks left Kuwait on 26 February 1991.

How is Kuwait Liberation Day celebrated?

Liberation Day always falls on the day after National Day forming a two day holiday in Kuwait.


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