Evacuation Day: June 18
Evacuation Day is a public holiday celebrated in Egypt.
Egypt is a land rich in heritage and history, more than any other country or civilization in the world. One historic event in Egypt’s recent history is the declaration of full independence from the British on June 18, 1956. This historic event is celebrated as Evacuation Day in Egypt, locally called Eid el-Galaa. This day has been celebrated for over fifty years with significant importance and pride.
History of Evacuation Day in Egypt
British rule in the country of Egypt lead to instability in the political social spheres of Egyptians in the 1940s. In 1952, British rule became totally unstable and a coup attempt was made by military members. King Farouk I was forced to renounce his position, forcing Ahmed Foud II to the throne.
A republic was declared on June 18, 1953, with General Muhammad Naguib set to lead the country. However, the original architect of the independence movement, Gamal Abdel Nasser, took control of the republic with the resignation of Naguib. Finally, on June 18, 1956, Nasser finalized independence from Britain.
The day has been grandly and enormously celebrated with joy throughout the nation ever since. Notably, the evacuation of the British was initiated because of the defeat of the army officers who were in charge in the numerous regions of Egypt. The British Authorities considered it wise to evacuate their troops knowing they were losing against the movement led by Nasser.
Egypt’s Evacuation Day Traditions, Customs and Activities
Evacuation day is celebrated every year and considered a national holiday. Most organizations and institutions don’t work on this day.