Armed Forces Day in Egypt in 2021

Armed Forces Day in Egypt in 2021

  Dates of Armed Forces Day in Egypt
2022 Egypt Thu, Oct 6 National Holiday
2021 Egypt Wed, Oct 6 National Holiday
2020 Egypt Thu, Oct 8 National Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Egypt Sun, Oct 6 National Holiday
2018 Oct 6, Oct 7
EgyptSun, Oct 7Government Holiday
EgyptSat, Oct 6National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrates Egypt's victory in the October War of 1973

When is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is a national holiday in Egypt and is always celebrated on 6th October.

It marks the start of the October War (also known as the Yom Kippur War) against Israel in 1973. The date is one of Egypt’s most significant annual events, as the country celebrates its victory over Israel and the crossing of the Suez Canal. The date was declared a national holiday for citizens to commemorate the victory and to pay tribute to the martyrs among the country’s military personnel. 

History of Armed Forces Day

During the Six-day War with Israel in June 1967, Egypt had lost control of the Sinai Peninsula.

In an attempt to regain the territory, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat carried out a surprise attack on 6 October 1973. The attack was supported by the Syrians and met with initial success when more than 80,000 Egyptian troops breached the fortifications set up by the Israelis and took control of the Sinai territory. After two days, the Egyptians were forced to retreat when the Israeli army counterattacked and surrounded the Egyptian forces.

The war ended in a cease-fire brokered by the United States. The assault proved unsuccessful in liberating the Sinai Peninsula, but the conflict directly led to talks at Camp David organised by US President Jimmy Carter. These talks resulted in the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty of 1979 which eventually saw the return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

The holiday is marked by large military parades and fireworks. It was during one of the parades on Armed Forces Day in 1981, when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by opponents of the peace with Israel.

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