Revolution Day in Algeria

National Holidays in Algeria National Holiday in Algeria

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When is Algerian Revolution Day?

How long until Anniversary of the Revolution?
This holiday next takes place in 17 Days.
1 Day
Dates of Anniversary of the Revolution
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday November 1st
2019 Friday November 1st
2018 Thursday November 1st
2017 Wednesday November 1st
2016 Tuesday November 1st
Marks the birth of the 'National Liberation Front' in 1954 and the start of the Algerian War

The Anniversary of the Revolution Day is the national day of Algeria.

It is celebrated on 1 November and commemorates the start of the war of independence against France.

History of Algerian Revolution Day

From the start of the sixteenth century, Algeria had been under partial rule of the Ottoman Empire. In 1830, the country was invaded by France. The conquest of Algeria was a long and bloody affair, and unusually for French foreign territories, Algeria's status was that it was treated as being part of France rather than as a colony.

Emigration from Europe to Algeria was encouraged by the French, with tribal lands confiscated by the French government and Europeans even becoming the majority of the population in some cities like Algiers.

In the middle of the twentieth century, local resentment to the presence of France by the local Muslim population led to the uprising known as the 'Red (bloody) All Saints' Day' (French: Toussaint Rouge).

On 1 November 1954, the Christian festival of All Saints' Day, 30 individual coordinated attacks were made on police and military targets across Algeria by the National Liberation Front (FLN). These attacks signalled the start of the Algerian War.

While France won the conflict and regained control of the country, the brutality of the suppression of the revolution further alienated the Algerians and resulted in a loss of support for France's control of Algeria, both in France and abroad. This change in attitude directly led to independence from Algeria on 5 July 1962.

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