Niger Independence Day Date: August 3
Niger celebrates Independence Day as a public holiday.
Niger celebrates its Independence Day on August 3rd every year. Independence Day is that day when a country either gets independence from a foreign ruling organization or from a domestic ruler. Independence Day has its own values and it is one of the greatest days for every country. Thus, it is celebrated with great joy as well as respect.
Niger Independence Day History
Niger got independence from France on August 3, 1960. Niger was under France’s control for a long span of time. French does tried a lot to spread their territory throughout the parts, but they failed in capturing Agadez, which is the southern part of the country. Again, they had to face a strong opposition from Taurag. After that, the French kept on moving their strategies and capital in Niger. They even proclaimed Niger to be a military state. However in 1960, the country got complete independence from the French control.
Niger is one of the most populated countries of the Continent Africa. Thus, it has its own significance. Not only from the fields of population, but it is good on the basis of economy also. It is one of the fastest growing nations in the world. The importance of Independence Day is huge in Niger. The proof of this is that along with the Independence Day, they also celebrate Arbor’s Day. On this day, they plant a lot of trees in order to fight the growing desertification. Along with that it also contributes in fighting the growing global warming, and green house effect all over the globe.
Niger Independence Day Traditions and Activities
The celebrations of Independence Day in Niger are full of enjoyment and fun for every citizen. This day has wide significance in Niger. One of the biggest reasons being that it is one of those festivals (for the people of Niger, it is like Festival), which helps in binding up people together. This is the reason that this day is celebrated with so much excitement. The country Niger is widely diversified on the basis of languages and ethnicity. However, this occasion brings all of them together and helps them in enjoying their freedom together.
The freedom is not earned very easily; rather it is earned with a lot of hardships and fights. Many have lost their life in order to achieve the freedom. Thus, the Nigerian Independence day celebration is not complete without remembering those freedom fighters, who sacrificed their life in order to get their countrymen free. Hence, they are remembered every year on this auspicious occasion.
Niger freedom fighters are not only the ones, who greatly contributed in the freedom struggle, but are also the ones, who inspired the people to go for the freedom struggle and get their country free from the French. Without their inspiration, Niger would have still been a slave country to France. The people of Niger are well aware of these facts and hence they never fail in remembering these great freedom fighters and leaders.