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Independence Day Celebrated in Lebanon

Independence Day is a national holday in Lebanon.

Independence Day: November 22

Independence Day is a national holday in Lebanon.

On November 22, Lebanon celebrates the anniversary of becoming an independent nation. Independence Day in Lebanon is a national holiday.

History of Independence day in Lebanon

Lebanon was under the administrative rule and political sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918. The territory that is defined by the present-day boundaries came to be known as a state called “Grand Liban” (Greater Lebanon) by decree of General Gouraud, head of the French troops in the Levant in 1920. The state remained under French Mandate until November 26, 1941. A constitution adopted on May 25, 1926 established a democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government, but that came into full effect only on November 22, 1943. This day in Lebanon’s history became its Independence Day. Lebanon then became a founding member of the League of Arab states as well as a member of the United Nations in 1945.

Independence Day in Lebanon – Traditions, Customs and Activities

Celebrated on November 22, Independence Day is considered to be one of the most important public holidays in the Lebanese calendar as it represents everything the people of Lebanon have suffered for. In the capital city of Beirut, it is celebrated with pomp and fervor with a grand parade being organized featuring military and Lebanese dignitaries. A visit to Beirut during Independence Day is not to be missed, providing an insight into the turbulent past of an important city in the country. This is best expressed by the words of Gibran Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese philosopher, who said, “Woe to the nation that sees the victor’s pomp as the perfection of virtue, and in whose eyes the ugliness of the conqueror is beauty.”

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